|athy Kinney plays the part of the ever-vindictive Mimi Bobeck, Drew's "arch-nemisis", on "The Drew Carey Show"|
|Born:||November 3, 1954|
|Birthplace:||Stevens Point, WI, U.S.|
|Appeared on:||The Drew Carey Show|
|Appears as:||Mimi Bobeck|
|Episodes appeared in:||219 in series, Seasons 1-9|
Kathy Kinney (born on November 3, 1954) plays the part of Mimi Bobeck, Drew's chief nemisis at both home and at work, also one of the main characters on The Drew Carey Show. Kathy has gained considerable popularity in the late 1990s for playing Mimi Bobeck, the outrageously made-up, flamboyantly vulgar, and vindictive nemesis of Drew Carey on The Drew Carey Show, also starring Diedrich Bader. She had been involved with television, feature films, and stage work for years.
Early life Edit
Kathy was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the daughter of Marian and Harold Kinney, an automobile dealer, and grew up in an Irish American family. She attended the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, the daughter of Irish Americans Marian and Harold Kinney, an automobile dealer. Her father died when she was 15 years old.
For two years after high school, Kathy Kinney worked for the California Conservation Corps between 1972 and 1974. After completing a six-month Back Country season in Kings Canyon, she left the program with thousands of dollars in scholarships. She then attended the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point,, and in 1976 moved to New York City, where she found work as a secretary at WCBS-TV. Her boss enjoyed hunting, and sometimes she chatted with him about his hunting trips, occasionally quipping, "So, did you kill anything this week?" She used this experience to inspire her for the role of Mimi. During this time at WCBS she also worked nights at New York comedy clubs to improve her improvisational comedy skills. This eventually led to a job teaching improv classes. One such class had in its attendance Bill Sherwood, a director. He later wrote a part for her in his 1986 film, Parting Glances.
After her run on TDCS ended upon its cancellation by ABC in 2004, Kinney later appeared multiple times on the ABC-TV / US version of Whose Line Is It Anyawa? where she earned up to 50 points  and her character Mimi was even mocked a few times on the show by performers like Greg Proops. She later reappeared with the Whose Line? gang on the short-lived series Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, as well as the WB Network's Improv-A-Ganza showm which also later appeared on the Game Show Network (GSN).