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MELISSA PETERMAN is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was in the original cast for over 600 performances of Tony and Tina’s Wedding and a regular on the comedy and improv scenes. She is best known for her starring role of “Barbra Jean” on the hit sitcom, Reba. She is the host of CMT’s No. 1-rated series, The Singing Bee. She recently starred in her first televised special, Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One? and will star in the pilot, Working Class, both for CMT. She has also appeared in many television shows, including Surviving Suburbia; Rita Rocks; Just Shoot Me; the ABC pilot, Cedric; and the Fox pilot, Living with Abandon. Melissa has done voiceovers for The Pitts and American Dad. She recently starred in the independent comedy feature, Dirty Politics, and also stars in Dusty Peacock, the new online series created for Crackle.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s online video network.
Melissa was recently signed to Big Machine Records to release her first comedy album, and is currently on tour with Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Lee Ann Womack.
She was recently seen hosting the CMT Music Award’s red carpet, as well as starring in comedic skits throughout the awards ceremony.
Melissa made her film debut as “Hooker No. 2” in the Coen Brothers Oscar-winning film, Fargo. She is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross, and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company. You can follow Melissa on Twitter @followtheblonde.