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Mary Scheer (born March 19, 1963) is an American actress, comedienne and producer. She is best known as one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for playing Freddie's mother, Marissa Benson, on iCarly. She played Alice the zookeeper on The Penguins of Madagascar. She has two children.
She is known for playing crazy women in sitcoms and movies.
Scheer was one of the original nine cast members of MADtv when the series debuted in 1995. She came to the show with a background in sketch comedy from her Groundling days. During her tenure, Scheer developed characters like chain smoker Mrs. Jewel Barone, Cabana Chat host Dixie Wetsworth, Connie Linder, Debbie Dander, Lily Don, and Mrs. Vigor (Killer Grandma).
Scheer also performed impressions of celebrities and public figures during her tenure on MADtv, some of which included U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Griffin, Mary Tyler Moore, Melissa Joan Hart, Ashley Olsen, Candice Bergen, Fran Drescher, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Thompson, Frances Bavier, Irene Vernon, Ashley Judd and Barbara Feldon. Other impersonations include Barbra Streisand in the MADtv spoof video "Terms Of Imprisonment", where she portrays Streisand as an egomaniac who abuses her co-star, Whitney Houston and Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully in the "XXX Files" sketch. During the second season, Scheer became visibly pregnant and continued to perform on the show. After giving birth, Scheer finished the second and third seasons before leaving in 1998.
Besides MADtv, Scheer has appeared in several television shows. Her credits include Reno 911!, Primetime Glick, X-Chromosome, Free Ride, and Dropping Out. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly as Marissa Benson, the extremely overprotective mother of Nathan Kress's character Freddie Benson. The show ran from September 8, 2007 to November 23, 2012.
After leaving MADtv, she appeared in the films Elvira's Haunted Hills, The New Women Chump Change, and It Can Always Get Worse Kathy from 2001-05.
Besides onscreen appearances, Scheer has become a voice actress, lending her voice to numerous commercials and several animated projects like Family Guy and King of the Hill. Scheer's voice also appears in the animated feature film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Scheer performed all female voices in Spike TV's humorous game show MXC (she was credited as portraying Everygirl). In season four, she became MXC's supervising producer.
Scheer also appeared on the Jennette McCurdy web series What's Next for Sarah? as Sarah's therapist.