Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melissa Peterman first made a name for herself when she was cast in the local production of Tony and Tina’s Wedding. She went on to perform in over 600 shows and become a staple on the comedy and improv scene.
Melissa currently recurs in the CBS No. 1 rated comedy Young Sheldon. She starred as Bonnie Wheeler in ABC Family’s No. 1 rated comedy series Baby Daddy, which won the People’s Choice Award. Melissa is well known for her starring role as Barbra Jean on the hit series Reba. She also starred alongside Ed Asner and was an executive producer of Working Class for CMT. She is currently shooting The Hammer for Lifetime playing sisters with Reba. She guest starred in Retired at 35, Surviving Suburbia, Rita Rocks, Just Shoot Me, Cedric, Living in Abandon, The Pitts, and American Dad. She can also be seen on Disney’s Sydney to the Max. She is a frequent guest co-host on Access Live and Daily POP. Her first televised comedy special, Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One?, aired on CMT, and she also starred in Dusty Peacock, the online series created for crackle.com. Melissa has hosted several competition shows, including Fox’s Punchline, four seasons of CMT’s The Singing Bee, ABC Family’s reality comedy-clip show Dancing Fools, and ABC’s primetime game show Bet on Your Baby. She competed in Food Network’s hit celebrity Worst Cooks. She recently created, produced and co-starred in a pilot Val’s Hot Dish for the Food Network with Valerie Bertinelli and Nicole Sullivan. Currently she is an Executive Producer and Host of Fox’s Person, Place or Thing. She had been a frequent guest on Fox’s syndicated hit 25 Words or Less, going into its fourth season. She is a frequent guest host on Daily POP.
Peterman made her feature film debut as Hooker No. 2 in the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning movie Fargo. Other film credits include 40 Is the New Dead, Here Comes the Boom, and Dirty Politics. She has toured with Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, George Strait, and Lee Ann Womack.
A long-standing guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Melissa has hosted the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl since 2004. She also hosts the LA Phil’s annual Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Peterman is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, Selfless Love Foundation, and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company.