WENDI McLENDON-COVEY (Rita), who is
best known for her hilarious
film and television roles,
recently starred as the villainous
owner of an orphanage for
little girls in the Disney homevideo
movie The Search for
Santa Paws, a heart‑warming
McClendon-Covey has a
large body of work on unscripted
television shows and feature films, and she
is best known for her role as Deputy Clementine
Johnson on the Comedy Central television program
Reno 911! In 2006, she also starred in an unscripted
show for Lifetime Television about a matchmaking
service run by losers called Lovespring International.
She has also had guest-starring roles on Rules of
Engagement (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC
Family), The Office (NBC) and Wizards of Waverly
Place (Disney Channel), and her work in numerous
independent films such as Spooner, Douchebag and
Boutonniere has been seen in film festivals from
Sundance to Cannes.
At the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2007, she was
given a Film Discovery Jury Award, which was created
specifically to commemorate her starring roles in two
entirely improvised films: Closing Escrow and Cook-
Off!, which she also co-wrote and co-produced.
Raised in Long Beach, California, McClendon-
Covey developed an affinity for Bill Cosby, Flip
Wilson, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett and the Smothers
Brothers. However, it wasn't until after college that
she decided to explore her own comedic aspirations
by enrolling in The Groundlings Theatre & School.
McClendon-Covey wrote and performed with the main
company of the Groundlings Theatre for an amazing
seven years and now serves on its board of directors.
She is very involved in charity work and, this past New
Year's, she and a group of Groundlings alums traveled
to the Middle East with Stars for Stripes to entertain
the troops. This was her third trip with Stars for Stripes.
McClendon-Covey has been married for 14 years
to superhusband Greg Covey. They often say that one
of the secrets of their long marriage is that they both
hate Valentine's Day.