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Deborah Theaker is an actress who portrayed Polly Poe in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Biography

Deb was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan but spent her formative years in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan (potash capital of the world) where her father served as the mayor and local mortician. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and relocated to Toronto where she became a member of Second City's resident Company.During her years onstage there, she won a Dora (Canada's equivalent of the Tony) for writing and performing in "Not Based on Anything by Stephen King". She starred alongside Joe Flaherty in the critically-acclaimed Lucasfilm series Maniac Mansion (1990), which TIME magazine hailed as "a comic gem". Deb also wrote for the series, a quirky satire about genetic mutation which was the brainchild of Eugene Levy and George Lucas. She was nominated for a Cable Ace Award as Best Actress in a Series for her work on the snow. Deb is a versatile character actress who has appeared in four features and multiple commercials for writer/decorator Christopher Guest, who saw her perform with The Second City Los Angeles cast in 1990 and recommended her for the lead in the Norman Lear project her was writing. Deb is a longtime collaborator of The Kids in the Hall and co-wrote Scott Thompson's Comedy Central special and co-wrote and directed two solo stage shows for him. She has appeared in two films and multiple pilot projects for writer/director Ash Christian and won the Best Supporting Actor award at QFest in Asheville, NC in October 2011 for her role as a predatory beautician in Christian's film Mangus. She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress opposite Mickey Rooney and Louis Mandylor in Mark Clebanoff's film Gerald in 2010, in which she aged from 35 to 70.

Theaker has made numerous television appearances, most memorably as a sweet serial killer on Bones, a disturbed psychic on Reno 911, and the unscrupulous thieving caterer on Curb Your Enthusiasm whom Larry fights for the leftovers. She appears on film in A Mighty Wind as Naomi Steinbloom, in Lemony Snicket as Polly Poe, and in Abe Sylvia's Dirty Girl as a sexually-repressed special-ed teacher. Sylvia gave her free rein to improvise her role as a sex educator. She was the head of a gang of Lucy impersonators in Jerry Zucker's classic comedy Rat Race (2001). She is a favorite of gifted commercial director Bryan Buckley, recently appearing in TBS trailers for CSI as a coroner, eating intestine-like noodles in a morgue while watching CSI.

Off-camera, Deb is a gifted visual artist and designer.[1]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 A New Life Shirley
1994 Take Another Look Health Addict
1994 Dan Redican Comedy Hour Various
1994 In the Month of Madness Municipal Woman
1995 Harrison Bergeron Jane Starbuck
1996 Waiting for Guffman Gwen Fabin-Blunt - Councilwoman
1997 Shooting Lily Lynda
1997 Hayseed Judy, Psychic hairdresser
1998 ​​​​Desperation Boulevard​​​ Casting Lady
1999 Dill Scallion Natalie Juggs (Mama)
2000 Best in Show Winky's Party Guest
2001 Rat Race Lucy
2002 Run Ronnie Run Mrs. Robinson Uncredited
2002 The Third Wheel Nancy
2002 The Burbs Sissy
2003 A Mighty Wind Naomi Steinbloom
2004 The Wake-up Caller Martha Short
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Mrs. Poe
2005 Cruel But Necessary Nurse
2005 Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Show IFC Executive
2005 Stephen's Life Debbie Silver
2006 Fat Girls Judy
2006 For Your Consideration Liz Fenneman
2007 Jesus People Brenda-Ray Horton Short
2007 A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser Liz
2008 Over Her Dead Body Mary
2009 Lushes Mandanna Short
2010 Dirty Girl Mrs. Hatcher
2010 Summer Eleven Cheryl
2010 Gerald Mother
2011 Mangus! Raquel Spedgewick
2011 Let Go Friendly Bank Teller
2012 The Immigrant Jackie Chandler Short
2012 Mayfly Theresa Short
2012 Hi, Lillian Sissy Short
2013 The Funtime Gang Karen Bigsby
2015 Everything Is Borrowed Barb Short

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Seeing Things Marsha (House-Buyer) One Episode
1987 Pet Peeves Multiple characters
1988 ALF Tales  Madame Pokipsi Voice
1988-1989 A.L.F. Madame Pokipsi Voice
1989 War of the Worlds Saleslady One Episode
1990 The Kids in the Hall Double Date Girl One Episode
1990-1993 Maniac Mansion Casey Edison
1995 Forever Knight Daphne Malloch One Episode
1995 Double Rush Producer One Episode
1995 Howie Mandel's Sunny Skies Various
1996 The Home Court Doctor One Episode
1996 Townies Lydia One Episode
1997 Temporarily Yours Lynn One Episode
1997 Mad About You Judy Kaufman One Episode
1997 Ellen Maura One Episode

Uncredited

1998 DiResta Tourist One Episode
1999 The Chimp Channel Old Rose Voice
1999 The Man Show Connie the Craft Lady One Episode
2000 The Drew Carey Show Susan One Episode

Uncredited

2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Debbie the Caterer One Episode
2001 Gilmore Girls Mrs. Caldicott One Episode
2001 Judging Amy Mrs. Mattingly One Episode
2002 Six Feet Under Tour Guide One Episode
2003 Joan of Arcadia Mrs. Marx One Episode
2004 Reno 911! Psychic One Episode
2005 Stargate SG-1 Charlene Spencer One Episode
2005 Joey Lorraine One Episode
2005 Hopeless Pictures Barbara Voice
2005 Yes, Dear Joanne One Episode
2006 Desperate Housewives Rhoda One Episode
2007 Bones Jackie Burrows One Episode
2007 In Case of Emergency Sharon One Episode
2007 Entourage Dr. Marcus' Receptionist
2007 Halfway Home Cosmetics Manager One Episode
2008 All the Comforts Brenda
2010 Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town Teacher One Episode
2013 Husbands Margot One Episode
2014 Benched Ruth One Episode
2016 2 Broke Girls Audra One Episode
2016 Lady Dynamite Sheri One Episode
2019 Dead to Me Mrs. Bogie One Episode

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