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Retta

Stand-up Comedian and Actress; Known for her Role on "Parks and Recreation"

 Retta Biography

Retta stars as fun-loving office mate Donna Meagle on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy "Parks and Recreation." Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia (yes, she is related to Liberia's first female president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) grew up in New Jersey. An honor student with memberships in every academic club and student government group she could get her hands on, Retta was well on her way to becoming a cliche. But upon graduating pre-med from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school and worked as a contract chemist for GlaxoSmithKline. While working on the drug Combivir, she decided drugs/medicine wasn't her calling. She wanted her own sitcom. Realizing there were several sitcom stars that started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carrey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began doing stand-up at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh NC. Having tasted some comedy success and coming to grips with the fact that there were no sitcoms to be had in North Carolina, she decided to move to LA.

Retta started performing at open mics all over the Los Angeles and eventually started showcasing for NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). She became a must-see act on the college circuit and soon was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central's first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney. Retta was also featured in Essence Magazine's as one of 2005 Class Clowns alongside Sherri Shepherd, Niecy Nash and Tony Rock.

Retta's television appearances include "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Freddie," "Comics Unleashed," "The Soup," "Premium Blend" and "Comedy Central Presents . . . Retta."

Her film credits include "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins, "First Sunday" with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, "Sex & Death 101" with Simon Baker, and "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" with David Spade.

Retta currently resides in Los Angeles.

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  • Monday March 24, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania
    "The event with Retta was amazing! She had a great comedy act, and then she took questions from the audience. She also helped us with a Raffle for tickets to a separate event and had a twitter contest in the middle of her show, which the students loved. The reception afterwards went well too! She chatted with all the students, and took pictures from our hired photographer, as well as selfies with a lot of students."
    Dani Crowl, Associate Director Office of Student Affairs University of Pennsylvania | University of Pennsylvania
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Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Retta or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

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  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
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  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Retta. Find information on booking Retta for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Retta, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Retta.

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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Retta

Stand-up Comedian and Actress; Known for her Role on "Parks and Recreation"

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 Retta Biography

Retta stars as fun-loving office mate Donna Meagle on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy "Parks and Recreation." Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia (yes, she is related to Liberia's first female president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) grew up in New Jersey. An honor student with memberships in every academic club and student government group she could get her hands on, Retta was well on her way to becoming a cliche. But upon graduating pre-med from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school and worked as a contract chemist for GlaxoSmithKline. While working on the drug Combivir, she decided drugs/medicine wasn't her calling. She wanted her own sitcom. Realizing there were several sitcom stars that started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carrey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began doing stand-up at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh NC. Having tasted some comedy success and coming to grips with the fact that there were no sitcoms to be had in North Carolina, she decided to move to LA.

Retta started performing at open mics all over the Los Angeles and eventually started showcasing for NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). She became a must-see act on the college circuit and soon was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central's first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney. Retta was also featured in Essence Magazine's as one of 2005 Class Clowns alongside Sherri Shepherd, Niecy Nash and Tony Rock.

Retta's television appearances include "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Freddie," "Comics Unleashed," "The Soup," "Premium Blend" and "Comedy Central Presents . . . Retta."

Her film credits include "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins, "First Sunday" with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, "Sex & Death 101" with Simon Baker, and "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" with David Spade.

Retta currently resides in Los Angeles.

  • Monday March 24, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania
    "The event with Retta was amazing! She had a great comedy act, and then she took questions from the audience. She also helped us with a Raffle for tickets to a separate event and had a twitter contest in the middle of her show, which the students loved. The reception afterwards went well too! She chatted with all the students, and took pictures from our hired photographer, as well as selfies with a lot of students."
    Dani Crowl, Associate Director Office of Student Affairs University of Pennsylvania | University of Pennsylvania

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know

People who viewed this profile also viewed:

What people are saying about us

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Why All American Speakers?

All American Speakers is among the largest full-service talent booking agencies in the world.

See how our approach to booking talent is unique and why more than 96% of our clients recommend us.

ALL AMERICAN ADVANTAGE »
Booking Agency-related Disclaimer

Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Retta or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Retta. Find information on booking Retta for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Retta, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Retta.

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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