Keynote Speaker: Stand-Up Comedian & Actress; Known for "Parks and Recreation"

Retta Biography

Actress and comedian Retta has delighted audiences with her performance aptitude and comedy precision and has established herself as a consistent first pick for Hollywood.

She currently stars as Ruby on the NBC hit series “Good Girls” also starring Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman. Retta plays Ruby, a working mom with a sick child who is weary from the daily grind. Together the 3 moms decide to pull off a supermarket heist, only to find they are in for more than they bargained. Retta also appeared in the 2019 hit comedy “Good Boys,” which opened as the number one movie in the country. Audiences related to her as Barbara on the Bravo hit series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” a drama which explored female friendships and the post-divorce ups and downs. Retta spent a memorable seven seasons playing beloved office mate Donna Meagle on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy "Parks and Recreation.”

In addition to her success in acting, Retta is also a critically acclaimed author, publishing her first work entitled “So Close To Being the Sh*t Y’all Don’t Even Know”, which is in bookstores as of May 2018. And is the title voice on the successful Audible Original audiobook “Tinaca Jones.”

Retta has enjoyed success in other feature films as well. She recently starred in the teenage tale “Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life” as Ida Stricker, as well as independent films “Band Aid,” “To the Bone” and “Where’s the Money?” She previously starred in the franchise “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” and the independent drama “Other People” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Other films include “Father Figures” with Ed Helms and Owen Wilson, "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins, "First Sunday" with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, and "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" with David Spade. Her voice over work includes

Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia, grew up in New Jersey. Upon graduating pre-med from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, she decided to take a year off before medical school to work as a contract chemist before ultimately committing to pursue her dream of having her own sit com. Realizing there were several sitcom stars who started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carrey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began performing stand-up in Raleigh NC and soon decided to make the move to LA.

Retta started first with open mics in Los Angeles and eventually began showcasing for the National Association for Campus Activities. She became a must-see act on the college circuit and was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central's first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition, which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney.

Retta's television appearances include: “The Kroll Show” "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," “Key and Peele,” "Premium Blend" and "Comedy Central Presents…Retta." But you can see her at her authentic best on her unfoRETTAble instagram stories where she shares her day and coffee making addiction daily.

Retta’s endless entertaining prowess and comedic vigor keeps both her devoted following and Hollywood captivated. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Retta Videos

Retta's Name Started As A Joke
Retta on Parks and Rec & Getting Her Start

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How much does it cost to book Retta?

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Retta is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Retta for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Retta generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Retta for an upcoming event.

Retta Videos

Retta's Name Started As A Joke
Retta on Parks and Rec & Getting Her Start

Retta Reviews

  • Retta was very welcoming to the idea of the sit-down session w/ the staff.
    Google LLC - Dec 14 2020

  • "The event with Retta was amazing! She had a great comedy act, and then she took questions from the audience. She also helped us with a Raffle for tickets to a separate event and had a twitter contest in the middle of her show, which the students loved. The reception afterwards went well too! She chatted with all the students, and took pictures from our hired photographer, as well as selfies with a lot of students."
    University of Pennsylvania - Mar 26 2014

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