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Alfred Langston "Finesse" Mitchell is an American actor, author and a stand-up comedian. From 2003 - 2006, he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He currently plays Officer Darryl Parks, the dad of Chyna and Cameron Parks on A.N.T. Farm.
Life and career
Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Douglass High School, he graduated from the University of Miami, where he was a member of the University of Miami's football team and the Iota Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Two of his Miami teams, which sported both Mitchell and Dwayne Johnson, were dubbed by some sportswriters as playing the "Finessing the Rock" defense, a nickname inspired by the 1984 film classic, "Romancing the Stone."
He made his first television appearance on BET’s Comic View in 1999 where he instantly became a favorite among the show’s loyal followers. Shortly after Comic View, Mitchell moved to both Los Angeles and New York City where he had several appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and two on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. This sparked high demands from universities, corporate events, and concert promoters all over the U.S. and internationally. He was offered his own Comedy Central half hour special and is now headlining various comedy clubs on the circuit.
In 2003, Mitchell was asked to be a feature player on Saturday Night Live. In 2005 he was promoted to cast member. Mitchell was a featured player on SNL's 29th and 30th seasons, and became a full cast member at the start of the 31st. His screen time was drastically reduced after this promotion. On September 20, 2006, Saturday Night Live announced that the show was dropping Mitchell, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz from the show due to budget cuts.
After his stint on SNL, he has continued performing stand-up comedy and appeared in the films Who's Your Caddy? and Mad Money. In 2010, he appeared in the Comedy Central sketch series Nick Swardson's Pretend Time.
With the help of Quincy Jones’s son, QD3, Mitchell released his stand-up comedy available in DVD form entitled, “Snap Famous.” He is also a writer and offers relationship advice in Essence magazine. In addition to his column, he has released a book entitled, “Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much”, that gives dating advice to African-American women.
On September 13, 2008, he married Jessica Santos in Atlanta.
Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live
- Starkisha, a stereotypically ghetto woman with a bad attitude. He played a role of that on Saturday Night Live.
Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live
- 50 Cent
- Al Reynolds
- Andre Benjamin
- Bobby Brown
- Colin Powell
- Corey Clark
- Donovan McNabb
- Ed Lover
- Gayle King
- Kevin Eubanks
- Kobe Bryant
- Michael Powell
- Morgan Freeman
- O. J. Simpson
- Sean Combs
- R. Kelly
- Ralph Carter (as Michael Evans on Good Times)
- Ray Nagin
- Robbin Grider
- Ron Artest
- Shucky Ducky
- Stephen A. Smith
- Stuart Scott
- Venus Williams
- Willie Gault