Chris Parnell was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1998-2006. He was a part of memorable sketches playing characters like ‘Merv the Perv’ and ‘Tyler’ from “Appalachian Emergency Room,” as well as performing various impressions including Tom Brokaw, Senator Joe Lieberman and Eminem.
Currently, Parnell is a series regular on the ABC series Suburgatory and most recently recurred as ‘Dr. Leo Spaceman’ on NBC’s award winning 30 Rock.
On the big screen, Parnell appeared in the Judd Apatow/Universal Pictures feature, The Five Year Engagement, as well as the Columbia Pictures release, 21 Jump Street. Past film work includes Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Hot Rod and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Parnell had his feature film debut in 1996 in Jingle All the Way, playing a toy store salesman opposite his future governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Parnell got a degree in drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, did summer stock with the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and performed with the Alley Theater in Houston. After moving to Los Angeles and taking many improvisation and sketch writing classes at The Groundlings Theatre, Parnell became a member of the company in 1997.