Who is Mo Collins?
Born Maureen Ann Collins on the 7th July 1965, in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, she is an actress and comedian, perhaps still best known to the world for her appearances in the sketch comedy series “Mad TV” from 1998 until 2004. Some of the most popular characters she portrayed include Doreen, the overgrown toddler Stuart’s screechy-voiced mother, and Loraine, a middle-aged woman often confused and annoying people around her, among others.
Mo Collins Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education
Mo is the daughter of Winnie Collins; unfortunately, there is no information about her biological father and whether she has any siblings or not. She went to Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, but eventually matriculated from West Charlotte High School. It was during her high school years that she became interested in comedy, when one of her professors took her in his improv class, who nicknamed her Mo, not unusual for Maureen. In addition to improv classes, Mo was a part of the Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and also performed for two years at Disney’s Pleasure Island Comedy Warehouse in Orlando. Upon high school matriculation, Mo enrolled at the University of Florida.
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Career Beginnings and Rise to Prominence
In 2005, Mo had a role in the award-winning romantic comedy film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, starring Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, and Paul Rudd, while in 2007 she featured in the comedy film “Cougar Club”. The following year she portrayed Emily in the comedy series “According to Jim” and then in 2009 starred in the film “Flying By”, next to Ahnaise Christmas and Billy Ray Cyrus. The same year she was chosen for another prominent role, as Joan Callamezzo in the TV comedy series “Parks and Recreation”, and though appearing in only 19 episodes from 2009 to 2015, her character has become rather popular with the public. She struggled a lot professionally in the early 2010s but has re-emerged in recent years with the role of Molten Lava in the comedy film “McDick” (2017), written and directed by Chris McDonnell, and also as Susan in the TV comedy series “Lady Dynamite” (2016-2017). Most recently, she started portraying Sarah in the drama series “Fear the Walking Dead” (2018).
An Accomplished Voice Actress
In addition to screen roles, Mo has also been recognized for her voice acting; she started in 2000 with several characters in the animated series “Family Guy”, and continued with such animated series as “King of the Hill”, then “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” from 2014 to 2016, and most recently in “F Is for Family” (2015-2017).
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Mo Collins Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Cancer Diagnosis
When it comes to her personal life, Mo has been quite open about the ups and downs that happen to her behind the camera. She has been married to actor Alex Skuby, best known to the world as Doug Pruzan in the TV series “King of the Queens”, since 2013 after dating for two years. The couple doesn’t have children. Alex is Mo’s second husband; previously she was married to Jimi Englund from 1992 to 2009, and has a son from this marriage, Cullen Englund.
Back in 2011, Mo was diagnosed with a quite rare gastrointestinal stromal tumor; she found a lump in her abdomen and in the first place she thought it was nothing, but on her then-boyfriend Alex’s advice she went to the hospital; she is now in remission.
Mo has a decent fan base on social media platforms, especially Twitter and Instagram. Her official Twitter account has over 11,000 followers, and she has used it to promote her career, such as the announcement of the new episode of the series “Fear the Walking Dead”. She is also quite active on Instagram, on which she has over 10,000 followers, and is also focused on sharing details from her career, often posting pictures from the set of “Fear the Walking Dead”, among other projects on which she works.