Master of Ceremonies – Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown, fresh off her appearance as “Shirley Bivins” in the hit BET mini-series THE NEW EDITION STORY and hosting SyFy’s new game show, COSPLAY MELEE, Yvette is excitedly gearing up to being her run as “Dina Rose” on the new ABC comedy, THE MAYOR. Look for it Tuesday this fall at 9:30pm right after BLACK-ish!
Yvette landed her first television role – – a two-episode gig playing Toni Childs’ sister “Sherri” on GIRLFRIENDS – – by chance. Casting director Robi Reed called her in to audition from a post card submission. Yvette had no credits and no agent. That stroke of serendipity at the beginning of her career, taught Yvette that you never know how God is going to move in your life and career. Booking a series regular role two months later, on the first pilot she auditioned for further proved the point. That show, ABC’s THE BIG HOUSE — which starred Kevin Hart, only lasted a few episodes; but that experience proved to be a blessing as well. Through it, Yvette learned the transient nature of the business and to always “travel light”.
Yvette has since appeared (and often recurred) on shows as varied as ENTOURAGE, PSYCH, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, HOT IN CLEVELAND, MELISSA & JOEY, THE OFFICE, THE SOUL MAN, THAT’S SO RAVEN, HALF & HALF, SLEEPER CELL, HOUSE, TWO AND A HALF MEN, THAT 70’S SHOW and BOSTON LEGAL – – where she got to perform “Big, Blonde & Beautiful” from Hairspray. It was a bit of a homecoming because Yvette is no stranger to singing. She was managed by Michael Bivins (of New Edition and BBD) and signed to Motown Records when she was just a teen.
Younger viewers may know Yvette from her recurring role on Nickelodeon’s DRAKE & JOSH, where she played movie theater manager, Helen Ophelia Dubois. Landing that role was another serendipitous experience. The role of Helen was to be a one-time role; one that Yvette auditioned for while on hiatus from THE BIG HOUSE. That one-time role turned into four years of employment and introduced Yvette and her silliness to the best group of fans in the world…kids! The cast of DRAKE & JOSH reunited in 2008 for the holiday movie, “Merry Christmas: Drake & Josh,” a film that broke Nickelodeon viewership records when it was seen by over 8 million viewers the night it debuted. It has since gone on to become an annual holiday favorite.
Yvette has also had a successful career in commercials. She’s appeared in over 40 national spots. You may have seen her in ads for BIG LOTS, PINE SOL, CITIBANK, FIBER ONE YOGURT, DAIRY QUEEN, HAMBURGER HELPER, ARROWHEAD WATER, HOME DEPOT, COMCAST, LG and DiGIORNO’S PIZZA to name a few. Yvette was also immortalized in puppet form as “Mrs. Lewis, from downstairs” in a series of NIKE spots alongside puppet versions of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
She is also making a name for herself in the voiceover world. She can currently be heard as “Luna” on Disney’s ELENA OF AVALOR, “Principal Waller” on DC’s SUPERHERO GIRLS and the dual role of “Portia” and “Zenith” on Crackle’s SUPERMANSION where she works alongside Bryan Cranston and Keegan Michael Key. She also voiced the character “Cookie” for three seasons as one of the HUB Network’s POUND PUPPIES. Listen closely and you can also hear Yvette on WABBIT, FAMILY GUY, PUPPY DOG PALS, THE REGULAR SHOW and DOC McSTUFFINS just to name a few and recently made her feature animated debut voicing “Ladybug” in the film “Yellowbird”
Most recently, Yvette has made the rounds of numerous game shows and talk shows including THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, THE CHEW, THE VIEW, THE REAL, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, TO TELL THE TRUTH, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD, PYRAMID, MATCH GAME, CELEB NAME GAME and her absolute favorite, THE TALKING DEAD.
In addition to her commercial and television work–most recently as a series regular on CBS’ THE ODD COUPLE, Yvette also has a burgeoning film career. She made her film debut in the romantic comedy, “Little Black Book,” working alongside Brittany Murphy and Oscar winners, Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates. Her next film, Michael Bay’s futuristic thriller, “The Island” put her on the set with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Supporting roles in other films including “Dreamgirls” and “The Kid and I,” – – where she first met and worked with one of her childhood heroes, Henry Winkler – – soon followed. She was in the box office hit, “Tropic Thunder” (directed by Ben Stiller) where she worked with Matthew McConaughey; as well as the family film, “Meet Dave” where she realized a childhood dream by sharing the screen with Eddie Murphy.
Other film roles include the family film, “Hotel for Dogs” starring Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle, the romantic comedy, “The Ugly Truth” starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, the indie hit, “(500) Days of Summer” starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; and the action thriller, “Repo Men” where she shared the screen with Jude Law and Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker. Most recently, those with a keen eye, could see Yvette peeking thru loads of prosthetic makeup as one of the “three fates” in the Percy Jackson sequel, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”.