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Melissa Margaret Peterman is an American actress and comedian who plays Bonnie Wheeler on Baby Daddy.

Personal life

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She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in suburban Burnsville. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, fellow actor John Brady. She gave birth to an 8 lb. 5 oz. baby boy named Riley David on October 20, 2005, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.


After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with theater as one of her majors, she was cast as Madeline Monroe in Hey City Theater's production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding. After more than 600 performances, she went on to work as a writer and performer at the improvisational comedy theater the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, which boasts such alumni as Pat Proft, Louie Anderson, Cedric Yarbrough, Mo Collins and Al Franken. While with the Brave New Workshop, she also performed at the Chicago Improv Festival and the Big Stink Comedy Festival inAustin, Texas.

Film and television

Peterman made her film debut as "Hooker #2" in the Coen brothers' 1996 movie Fargo. She also appeared in the comedies Recipe for Disaster and How High.

Peterman remains loyal to her comic roots as the host of 15 Minutes of Fem, a comedy showcase for women presented at the Egyptian Theatre. She continues to write her own material and has a one-woman show in the works.

On television, she appeared in the Oxygen sketch comedy show Running With Scissors and guest-starred on Just Shoot Me! and The Pitts.

During her summer hiatus from Reba, Peterman hosted The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long, reprising her hosting gig from last summer's The Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long, at the Hollywood Bowl inLos Angeles. Peterman can also be seen on the World Cup Comedy Challenge television series and on a celebrity edition of Trading Spaces with her Reba husband, Christopher Rich.

Peterman also played Mrs. Splitz in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

On October 15, 2007, it was announced that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Peterman had been cast in a comedy that had been ordered to pilot but had not yet been picked up to air. The comedy is untitled and also stars Cedric the Entertainer and is being produced for ABC. The pilot was taped on October 30, 2007 at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California. In December it was announced that the actors had been secured, indicating that the network was still interested. On May 13, 2008, ABC announced that it did not pick up the pilot.

She has continued to work in television. Peterman recently hosted four episodes of the new show CMT Comedy Stage, which was canceled after eight episodes. Melissa returned to CMT on July 18 to host a special, titled Redneck Dreams. She appeared in two episodes of ABC's new show, Wanna Bet? as part of the celebrity panel. Her appearances aired July 28 and August 4. She has taped an episode of Surviving Suburbia where she portrays a counselor. The episode is expected to air in 2009.

On October 29, 2008, Peterman posted on her blog that she is reading for a new pilot, titled Living With Abandon. On January 14, 2009, Peterman returned to her blog and posted that Living With Abandon was not picked up by the FOX network. She also stated she will be appearing in an episode of Rita Rocks. She currently hosts The Singing Bee on CMT. In August 2010, Peterman announced on her Twitter page that she will star in a new sitcom titled Working Class, which premiered in early 2011 on CMT. On April 11, 2011, CMT cancelled Working Class after only one season due to low ratings. It is rumoured that she would once again star along side fellow co-star Reba McEntire in her new television series "Malibu Country", but this however turned out to be false.

Peterman hosted the Red Carpet for the 2010 CMT Music Awards.

Television Roles

Year Program Role Duration
2012-present Baby Daddy
  • Airdate: June 20, 2012-
  • Network: ABC Family
Bonnie Wheeler 10 episodes
2011 Working Class
  • Airdate: January 28, 2011-April 1, 2011
  • Network: CMT
Carli Mitchell 12 Episodes
2009–Present The Singing Bee
  • Airdate: June 16, 2009 – Present
  • Network: CMT
Host 38 Episodes
2009 Surviving Suburbia
  • Airdate: April 13, 2009, June 12, 2009, July 17, 2009
  • Network: ABC
Mrs. Muncie 3 Episodes
2009 Rita Rocks
  • Airdate: February 9, 2009
  • Network: Lifetime
Jennifer 2 Episodes
2008 American Dad!
  • Airdate: Unknown
  • Network: FOX
Sister Mary 1 Episode
2008 Redneck Dreams
  • Airdate: July 18, 2008
  • Network: CMT
Host 1 Episode
2008 Living With Abandon
  • Airdate: Unaired
  • Network: FOX
Rachelle Failed Pilot
2007 Untitled Cedric Project
  • Airdate: Unaired
  • Network: ABC
Marci Wittman Failed Pilot
2007 CMT Comedy Stage
  • Airdate: February 2007-May 2007
  • Network: CMT
Host 8 Episodes
2001–2007 Reba
  • Airdate: October 2001-February 2007
  • Network: WB, CW
Barbara Jean 114 Episodes
2006 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
  • Airdate: May 13, 2006
  • Network: Nickelodeon
Mrs. Splitz 1 Episode
2004 Johnny Bravo
  • Airdate: August 2004
  • Network: Cartoon
Becky 1 Episode
2003 The Pitts
  • Airdate: March 30, 2003
  • Network: FOX
Shirley Poppins 1 Episode
2000 Just Shoot Me!
  • Airdate: November 9, 2000
  • Network: NBC
Claire 1 Episode

Film Roles

Year Film Role Information
2012 Here Comes the Boom
  • Release Date: July 29, 2012
2009 Dirty Politics
  • Release Date: February 13, 2009
Rita Breaux
2003 Recipe For Disaster
  • Release Date: May 16, 2003
Gigi Grant
2000 How High
  • Release Date: December 21, 2001
Sheila Cain
1996 Fargo
  • Release Date: March 8, 1996
Hooker #2

Other work

In the summer of 2007, Peterman was the opening act for nine of Reba co-star Reba McEntire's "Key To The Heart" tour. Melissa returned with an almost-identical comedy routine in 2008 on Reba's and Kelly Clarkson's "2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour."

It was revealed on March 28, 2008 on that Melissa would not be joining Reba on her summer tour in 2008. However, she has appeared at several concerts during the summer.

Peterman confirmed on July 7, 2008 that she will be opening all 24 concerts on the second leg of the 2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour in the fall of 2008. It was later announced by Melissa herself in October 2008 that she would not be opening the Fort Wayne, Indiana show on October 16, 2008 as she has to tape an appearance on Surviving Suburbia.

In July 2009, Peterman began starring in the comedy web series Dusty Peacock on Crackle.[1]

On February 23, 2010, it was announced that Peterman had signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records, to record a comedy album.[2] On June 10, 2010 she was cohost of the red carpet preshow interview segment of the CMT Music Awards.


  1. ^ " to Premiere New Comedy Web Series 'Dusty Peacock' on Monday, July 13th". 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ "BMR Signs Melissa Peterman". Big Machine Records. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23.

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