Lisa Arch née Kushell (November 23, 1971), is an American comedian and actress known for her roles in the 1997-98 Season of the FOX Network comedy show, MADtv, as cohost of TBS's Dinner and a Movie from 2002 to 2005, and most recently as the recurring character of Samantha Samuels on Disney Channel's Cory in the House. Arch has also has been in movies, such as 2007's Evan Almighty.
Born Lisa Kushell in Los Angeles, California, she began acting on stage at 15 years old in the sketch comedy troupe Upstage comedy. Arch has often stated that her parents were extremely supportive of her and they allowed her to hone her skills in their "unfurnished living room" until she graduated from high school. She earned her SAG card with one line as a waitress on Dream On. After her first appearance, she began appearing on such shows as Seinfeld, The X-Files, and For Your Love.
She has an older brother, Bob Kushell, who is a TV writer/producer and Internet talk show host. Her brother works with her husband, Russell Arch, the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of ANYTIME WITH BOB KUSHELL, an internet talkshow for Sony Interactive's Crackle.com. On September 18, 2007, she gave birth to a son, Garrett Mitchell Arch.
Arch joined the cast of MADtv in 1997, as a repertory performer, for the third season. She would be promoted to repertory status mid-season. She is remembered for playing characters like social outcast Susan Whitfield and sassy country gal Wanda Terry-Ann Lainier Parker from the Parker Sisters sketches.
Arch also flexed her comedy muscles with her celebrity impressions, of public figures like Paula Jones. She also lampooned Hollywood stars like Farrah Fawcett, Demi Moore, Alyson Hannigan, Lori Loughlin and Hope Summers. She has also impersonated singers like Melanie Chisholm (a.k.a. "Sporty Spice"), Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple.
After one season on the show, Arch left MADtv at the conclusion of season three to pursue other career opportunities.
Other television projects
She has featured on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers as the voice of "Cammie", an airheaded, bisexual party-girl in her early twenties. She also played the role of Samantha Samuels on the Disney Channel show Cory in the House. She has also had a part in the children's TV program Hannah Montana as a photographer. Arch can be seen on a regular basis at Los Angeles' ACME Comedy Theater and recently hosted a special episode of Rell Comedy about the movie, Bewitched. She also has made numerous guest appearances on television shows, including Reno 911!, Seinfeld, and The X-Files. Also she was in Austin & Ally as Damonica Dixon.
Dinner and a Movie
In 2001, Arch's career got a boost when she replaced Annabelle Gurwitch as the hostess of the TBS cooking and entertainment show, Dinner and a Movie. For two and a half years, she appeared, alongside host Paul Gilmartin and chef Claud Mann, in each episode introducing movies and cracking jokes during the preparation of a creative dinner to go with some theme of the movie.
In 2004, Arch's contract had expired. As she was preparing for another season as hostess of the show, she got a call from TBS executives, right after the Thanksgiving holiday, informing her that her contract was not going to be renewed. She left the show on good relations with the Dinner and a Movie staff, but she was very upset about the failure to have her contract renewed. In 2005, she was succeeded by Janet Varney as host.
|2005||I'm Not Gay||Chris|
|2005||Guess Who||Woman at Elevator|
|2001||The Comedy Team with Pete||Gwen|
|2001||Legally Blonde||Boutique Saleswoman|
|1999||Dirt Merchant||XTV Reporter|
|1998||Billboard Dad||Woman #2|
|2012||Austin & Ally||Damonica Dixon||1 Episode|
|2010||Good Luck Charlie||Girl at ballgame||1 Episode|
|2008–2011||Clean House||Herself||Back-up host|
|2007–2008||Cory in the House||Samantha Samuels||Recurring role|
|2006–2009||Hannah Montana||Liza (the photographer)||3 episodes|
|2006||Half & Half||Dr. Swenson|
|2004||Significant Others||Girl at Bar|
|2003||Windy City Heat||Suzanne/Jiggly Wrigley|
|2003||For Your Love||Kathy McCulloch|
|2003||Reno 911!||Stripper with Dispute|
|2002||Dinner and a Movie||Host|
|2000||The X Files||Call Girl|
|1994||Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women||Dotty|
Voice acting and video game appearances
|2004||Outlaw Golf 2||Trixie||Video Game|
|2002–present||Crank Yankers||Cammie||Puppet Comedy TV Series|
|2000||Mission Hill||Stacy/Miss Colleen Peck/Chola Girl/TinaThe Chosen One||TV Series|
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