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  • Parents are Liberian; her family is related to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
  • Planned to attend medical school, but changed her career path in 1996 when she participated in a local open-mic night.
  • Made her TV debut on Moesha in 1997.  
  • Started a series of college comedy tours in 1998; received a nomination from Campus Activities Magazine for Female Comedian of the Year. 
  • Won Comedy Central's first Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition in 1999.  
  • Cast as a recurring guest star on NBC's Parks and Recreation in 2009 before becoming a series regular in the show's third season.


  • Duke University, Durham, NC

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  • Birth Name: Marietta Sirleaf
  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor

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