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Mo Collins was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 7th, 1965. A painfully shy youth, Mo developed her love of improv comedy after becoming involved in a drama class in the 8th grade. After attending Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, graduating in 1983, she then attended college for two years before quitting to attend Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, where she honed her improv and sketch-writing skills. She left after a few years, and moved to Florida where she worked for two years at a Disney Orlando improv place called "Pleasure Island". While there, Mo met fellow MADtv castmember Paul Vogt and his brother Peter, and they became not only co-workers but close friends. Mo then returned to Minneapolis where she starred in many theater productions and plays. In 1993 Mo married fellow Minnesotan and rock drummer Jimi Englund. They have a son, Cullen who is now 10 years old.
Both husband and son have appeared on the show with her. When her son was 2, Mo sold her Minneapolis home, packed up her belongings and headed to LA in hopes of making her dreams come true—within a year, she landed her big break on MADtv. Since then, Collins has made numerous TV appearances and had a starring role in the 2002 movie "Detective Fiction" which made its debut at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared in the 1999 short film "Spa" about a woman who enters a spa after being invited there by a relative and refuses to leave. She also appeared in the 2001 film "Factory Accident Sex" Most recently, Mo appeared in the 2003 film "La La Wood", about the life of Jiminy Glick, and recently made TV appearances on Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under, King of The Hill, Less Than Perfect, Invader Zim, and 7th Heaven. She has also appeared in the short film The Truth About Meryl, and has a small part in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
For those unfamiliar with the work of Mo Collins, we invite you to check out the following videos on YouTube:
Lorraine goes to Florida University
Hidin' in my Closet (as Barbara Bush)
Barbara Bush's Vagina Monologues
The House Sitter
Katrina – One Year Later