With Parks and Recreation and now Good Girls as part of her resume, Retta has carved out a highly successful acting career. Retta carved her teeth in show business as a stand-up comedian, but her childhood dreams centered on making a mark in the television genre.
“I started stand-up to be an actor on a TV show,” said Retta. “My TV was my roommate right out of college and I particularly loved sitcoms. I noticed that a lot of sitcoms had leads who were stand-ups. I thought that was the norm. You do stand-up, you get seen, you get a show. I didn’t think it was going to be that easy but if that was the route that worked for so many, as far as I could see it, I was going to do it.”
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Good Girls, co-starring Christina Hendricks, airs Sundays on NBC (10 pm et/pt).