After leaving Community, Yvette Nicole Brown signed on for a series regular role on The Odd Couple. CBS’s adaptation of the 1965 play of the same name centered on the friendship between a lazy sportscaster, Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry), and his cleaning-obsessed best friend Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). Brown played Dani Duncan, Oscar’s highly competent personal assistant and eventual producer. The show was popular enough to last for three seasons before being canceled in early 2017.
A few months later, Brown had already nabbed another regular role on a very different sitcom, ABC’s The Mayor. She played Dina Rose, the mother of protagonist Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall), a struggling rapper who unexpectedly becomes mayor of the fictional town of Fort Grey, California. Dina was a nosy post office worker and a fiercely protective mother to Courtney — a role that fit Brown’s comedic sensibility like a glove. Despite getting strong critical reviews, The Mayor was canceled after a single season, per Deadline.
From then on, Brown kept doing guest spots on various TV shows, including an important role as Christy’s (Anna Faris) AA sponsor on Mom. Big Shot is her first top-billed live-action TV role in three years.
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