Fred Shay

Played by Chris Parnell


FRED SHAY learned everything he knows about marriage from the "Yes, Dear" wikipedia page. Agreeing with his wife makes things run smoothly and Fred has become at expert at putting his own feelings aside to do so. His real joy comes from his son, Ryan, who at sixteen has already achieved more than Fred ever could have hoped for. Physically. Ryan's rock hard abs have their own photo in Fred's wallet.


Chris Parnell was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1998-2006 where he got to work with some pretty amazing people. He was a part of many memorable sketches and commercial parodies including "The Cowbell Sketch", "The Centaur", "Wade Blasingame: Dog Attorney" and one of the first viral videos, "Lazy Sunday". He was also known for his Weekend Update raps, several recurring characters including Merv the Perv and Tyler from "Appalachian Emergency Room", as well as many impressions including Tom Brokaw, Senator Joe Lieberman, and Eminem.

Parnell plays Dr. Leo Spacemen on NBC's award winning 30 Rock, and the voice of Cyril Figgis on the FX animated spy comedy, Archer. He's recently made guest appearances on several shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Workaholics and Jon Benjamin Has a Van.

On the big screen, Parnell most recently appeared in the Judd Apatow/Universal Pictures feature, "The Five Year Engagement," as well as the Columbia Pictures release, 21 Jump Street. Past film work includes Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Hot Rod, The Grand and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Parnell had his feature film debut in 1996 in Jingle All the Way, playing a toy store salesman opposite his future governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Chris got a degree in drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, did summer stock with the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and performed with the Alley Theater in Houston. After moving to Los Angeles and taking many improvisation and sketch writing classes at The Groundlings Theatre, Parnell became a member of the company in 1997.