Hollywood star Wendi McLendon-Covey debuted in 2003 when she landed the role of Deputy Clementine Johnson in Reno 911! She played the said role until 2008, gaining her recognition. Simultaneously in 2005, she made her big screen debut in the film Bewitched. The following year, she starred as Lydia Mayhew in the short-lived series Lovespring International. She also had one-time roles in Greek, The Office, Kath & Kim, 10 Things I Hate About You, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Cougar Town. While being prolific on TV, she also worked on a lot of films, including Cook-Off!, Closing Escrow, and Over Her Dead Body.
In the 2010s, she played recurring character Liz on Rules of Engagement. She also had performances in the films Tug, Douchebag, and The Search for Santa Paws. She became further known for her supporting role as Rita in the comedy-drama film Bridesmaids. She later had supporting parts in the movies What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Date and Switch, Cuban Fury, The Single Moms Club, Blended, Think Like a Man Too, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, The Breakup Girl, and Hello, My Name Is Doris. Meanwhile, back on TV, she started playing Beverly Goldberg in the sitcom The Goldbergs, a role she still plays up to present. For her performance, she was nominated for Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series twice.
The actress stays in shape by practicing a ketogenic diet. “Because that’s how I eat, meaning I eat a lot of fat. I’ve got a lot of food allergies, and I find this is the easiest way for me to eat. And because I was an insomniac for many years, weirdly this helps me sleep better,” the comedy star said. As for what’s ketogenic all about, she explained: “It’s super high fat. It goes against everything you’ve ever been told about fat. And one of the things about it is that you need fat to burn fat, and one of the side effects is that is that you do lose weight, weirdly enough, eating a ton of fat, and when you think you’ve eaten all the fat that you can, no you haven’t. You have to eat more. I thrive off butter.”