Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Brown at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born (1971-08-12) August 12, 1971
East Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2000–present
Website www.yvettenicolebrown.com

Yvette Nicole Brown (born August 12, 1971) is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. She starred as Shirley Bennett on the NBC comedy series Community. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh as Helen Dubois, and voiced the character Cookie on the American-Canadian animated series Pound Puppies. Brown currently stars as Dani in the 2015 version of The Odd Couple on CBS.

Brown has also had small guest roles in television shows such as That '70s Show, The Office, Boston Legal, Chuck, and The Soul Man. In addition to television, she has had supporting roles in films such as (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, Repo Men, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. She also voiced "Harper" from the video game Minecraft: Story Mode.

Early life and education

Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in 1989. Brown studied communication studies at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1994.[1][2] She became a sister of the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as an undergrad at the university.

After graduating, Brown took acting classes in Hollywood, Los Angeles.[3]


Brown appeared as "Yvette" in the music video "1-4-All-4-1" by the East Coast Family, a Michael Bivins project, for Biv10 Records.[4] Brown said of the experience, "It was a great run, but I guess music was just never meant to be for me."[5]

Brown first appeared on commercials before entering television shows and films a few years later.[6] She has since played roles on television shows such as The War At Home, Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and the US version of The Office. She also had a recurring role as movie theater manager Helen Dubois in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. Brown reprised the role in the season 2 episode of Victorious titled "Helen Back Again".[3] She also provided the voice of Cookie on The Hub's Pound Puppies.

In 2009, Brown began starring as Shirley Bennett on the comedy series Community. On September 30, 2014, Brown announced that she would be leaving the show after five seasons in order to take care of her ailing father. In her announcement she said, "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."[7]

She has appeared in television commercials for Hamburger Helper, Big Lots, Pine-Sol, Comcast, Aquapod, Shout, Fiber One, Yoplait Yogurt, DiGiorno Pizza, Dairy Queen, and Time Warner. She has appeared on episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour as "The Troubleshooter" in the Sparks Nevada, Marshall On Mars series.

In 2012, Brown appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with her fellow Community co-star Danny Pudi.

In 2014, it was reported that Brown is set to recur on the upcoming USA Network series Benched. In addition to Brown, the cast also includes Molly Shannon, Eliza Coupe, and Jay Harrington.[8] Shortly after her exit of Community, Brown's role of Dani on the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple was upgraded to series regular.[9] She has also been a regular guest on AMC's Talking Dead.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 His Woman, His Wife N/A
2003 180 Miles Away Other woman Short film
2004 Little Black Book Production assistant
2005 Island, TheThe Island Harvest Nurse
2005 Kid & I, TheThe Kid & I Bunny
2006 Dreamgirls Curtis' secretary
2007 Neighbor, TheThe Neighbor Receptionist
2008 Meet Dave Old Navy saleswoman
2008 Tropic Thunder Vivica (Peck's assistant)
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Helen Dubois Television film
2009 N.C.B.S Flashback wife Short film
2009 Hotel for Dogs Ms. Camwell
2009 500 Days of Summer New secretary
2009 Ugly Truth, TheThe Ugly Truth Dori
2010 Repo Men Rhodesia
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Gray Sister #2
2014 Yellowbird Ladybug (voice)
2016 Smartass Officer Neesy In post-production
2016 Elena and the Secret of Avalor Luna (voice) Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2002 For the People Server Episode: "Lonely Hearts"
2002 Do Over Woman Episode: "Investing in the Future"
2003 Girlfriends Sherri Childs 2 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Stewardess Episode: "Opening Night"
2004 Big House, TheThe Big House Eartha Cleveland 6 episodes
2004 Two and a Half Men Mandy Episode: "Just Like Buffalo"
2004–2007 Drake & Josh Helen Dubois 15 episodes
2004 7th Heaven Leah Morris Episode: "Gratitude"
2005 Fat Actress Woman in restaurant Episode: "Big Butts"
2005 That's So Raven Monica Episode: "Too Much Pressure"
2005 That '70s Show Sgt. Davis Episode: "You're My Best Friend"
2005 Hot Properties Oprah-Head Episode: "Waiting for Oprah"
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Female security agent #2 Episode: "Bride of Ida"
2006 House Ellen Stambler Episode: "Sex Kills"
2006 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Airport security Episode: "The West Palm Beach Story"
2006 Half & Half Ceci 2 episodes
2006 Pepper Dennis Angela Howell Episode: "Pepper Dennis Behind Bars"
2006 Sleeper Cell Fatima 2 episodes
2007 Office, TheThe Office Paris Episode: "The Return"
2007 Loop, TheThe Loop Isabelle Miller Episode: "Yeah, Presents"
2007 American Body Shop Ms. Durant Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Entourage Daily Variety agent Episode: "Gary's Desk"
2007 Boston Legal Doris Thumper 2 episodes
2008 'Til Death Roxie Episode: "Raisinette in the Sun"
2008 Privileged Pam Episode: "All About the Haves and the Have-Nots"
2009 Kath & Kim Clerk #1 Episode: "Competition"
2009 True Jackson, VP Coral Barns Episode: "Company Retreat"
2009 Rules of Engagement Mrs. Alberts Episode: "Voluntary Commitment"
2009 Roommates Madam Saphire Episode: "The Tarot"
2009 iCarly Art student Uncredited
Episode: "iMust Have Locker 239"
2009–2015 Community Shirley Bennett 99 episodes
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Comedy Series or Special[10]
2009 Sherri Church lady Episode: "There Is No 'I' in Church"
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Cookie / Additional voices 65 episodes
2011–2013 Family Guy Various voices 3 episodes
2011 Victorious Helen Dubois Episode: "Helen Back Again"
2011 Chuck Buy More employee Episode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2012–2016 Soul Man, TheThe Soul Man Robyn 4 episodes
2013 Shake It Up Madame Tiffany Episode: "Psych It Up"
2013 Once Upon a Time Ursula (voice) Episode: "Ariel"
2014 Psych Hazel Lazarus Episode: "A Touch of Sweevil"
2014 Melissa & Joey Calista Episode: "I'll Cut You"
2014 BoJack Horseman Beyoncé (voice) Episode: "Our A-Story Is a 'D' Story"
2015–present Odd Couple, TheThe Odd Couple Dani
2015 Game Shakers Helen Episode: "Tiny Pickles"
2015–present DC Super Hero Girls Amanda Waller (voice) 11 episodes[11]
2016 The Young and the Restless Lois Thompson 3 episodes
2016 Rizzoli & Isles Agent CJ Prescott Episode: "Post Mortem"
2016 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Brigid (voice) Episode: "Star vs. Echo Creek"
2016– Elena of Avalor Luna (voice) 3 episodes

Video game

Year Title Voice role
2016 Minecraft: Story Mode Harper[12]


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  2. "Yvette Nicole Brown". The University of Akron.
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  4. YouTube: East Coast Family 1-4-All-4-1 | Retrieved 11-20-2011 | 2:22 mark
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  6. Asim, Jabari (August 6, 2006). "The 'Trouble' With Black Actresses". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  7. Schneider, Michael (September 30, 2014). "Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  8. Dawidziak, Mark. "Molly Shannon and Yvette Nicole Brown courted for USA Network's 'Benched'". cleveland.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  9. Ausiello, Michael (October 4, 2014). "CBS' Odd Couple Reboot Promotes Yvette Nicole Brown to Series Regular". TV Line. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  10. "2011 Gracie Awards Winners". Alliance for Women in Media. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  11. yvette nicole brown [YNB] (October 23, 2015). ""Just heard that #DCSuperHeroGirls got a pick up for more episodes! And there are DOLLS! I voice #PrincipalWaller! Ỿ t.co/p/gDBKPqacHR"" (Tweet). Retrieved November 11, 2015 via Twitter.
  12. http://www.universityherald.com/articles/34664/20160719/minecraft-story-mode-episode-7-access-denied-ready-for-download-on-july-26.htm
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