Loni Love

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Loni Love
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Love at the 2009 Twitter Conference
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 47)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Comedian
  • television host
  • actress
  • author
Alma mater Prairie View A&M University
Years active2003–present
Genres Observational comedy
  • Relationships
  • current events
  • American politics [1]
Website www.lonilove.com

Loni Love (born July 12, 1971) is an American comedian, television host, actress and author. While working as an electrical engineer in the early 2000s, she switched to music engineering, until later launching a career in stand-up comedy.

Engineer Professional practitioner of engineering and its sub classes

Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are professionals who invent, design, analyze, build, and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. The word engineer is derived from the Latin words ingeniare and ingenium ("cleverness"). The foundational qualifications of an engineer typically include a four-year bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, or in some jurisdictions, a master's degree in an engineering discipline plus four to six years of peer-reviewed professional practice and passage of engineering board examinations.

Stand-up comedy comedy style where the performer addresses the audience directly

Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, comedian, comedienne, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian gives the illusion that they are dialoguing, but in actuality, they are monologuing a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners, typically called a shtick, routine, or set. Some stand-up comedians use props, music or magic tricks to enhance their acts. Stand-up comedy is stated to be the "freest form of comedy writing" that is normally regarded as an "extension of" the person performing. The improvisation of stand-up is often compared to jazz music. A comedian's process of writing is likened to the process of song writing. A comedian's ability to tighten their material has been likened to crafting a samurai sword.


She was the runner-up on Star Search 2003 and was named among the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in both Variety and Comedy Central in 2009.

<i>Star Search</i> United States television series

Star Search is an American television show that was produced by T.P.E./Rysher Entertainment from 1983 to 1995, hosted by Ed McMahon, and created by Al Masini. A relaunch was produced by 2929 Productions from 2003 to 2004. On both versions of the show, contestants competed in several genres of entertainment. The show was originally filmed at the old Earl Carroll Theatre, at 6230 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and later at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

<i>Variety</i> (magazine) American weekly entertainment trade magazine owned by Penske Media Corporation

Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles, to cover the motion-picture industry. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, reviews, box office results, cover stories, videos, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905.

Comedy Central American cable and satellite television channel

Comedy Central is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, and based in Manhattan. The channel is geared for mature audiences and carries comedy programming in the form of both original, licensed, and syndicated series, stand-up comedy specials, and feature films.

Currently, Love is one of the hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real , alongside Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Adrienne Houghton, which premiered on July 15, 2013. [2]

Jeannie Mai American television personality, stylist, and talk show host

Jeannie Camtu Mai is an American television personality, stylist, and talk show host. She is best known for How Do I Look?, USA's Character Fantasy, and the syndicated talk show, The Real. As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on numerous television programs and networks such as NBC's Today Show on the "Fashion Tips Today" segment, Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, Insider and E! Entertainment as well as the Miss Universe pageant.

Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley is an American actress. She first gained fame for her teen role as Tamera Campbell on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister. She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too, and she played Dr. Kayla Thornton on the medical drama Strong Medicine. A reality TV show following her and her twin sister's lives, Tia & Tamera, began airing on the Style Network in 2011, ending in 2013 after three seasons.

Adrienne Bailon American actress, musician and dancer

Adrienne Eliza Houghton is an American singer, actress and TV personality. She is a founding member and singer of 3LW (1999–2007) and The Cheetah Girls (2003–2008).

Life and career

Love was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects.[ citation needed ] Prior to her career as a comedian, she was an electrical engineer, [3] an experience she talks about in many of her acts. [4] After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1989, she had worked for a time on the General Motors assembly line putting doors on 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlasses, work which ignited her interest in electrical engineering. Love then received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. While at Prairie View, she minored in music and was also a member of the Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. [5] It was there that she discovered stand-up comedy after winning a $50 competition and then performed frequently during her college life. After finding work as an engineer at Xerox in California, she continued to do stand-up after work in clubs and became a regular at the Laugh Factory. [6] After eight years of working at Xerox, Love resigned to pursue comedy during a layoff to prevent someone else from losing their job. [6] Recently Love did a show on VH1 called I Love the 2000s which she gives her view on 2000-2009's pop culture highlights and became a Roundtable panelist for her friend and fellow comic Chelsea Handler.

Detroit Largest city in Michigan

Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the largest American city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The municipality of Detroit had a 2017 estimated population of 673,104, making it the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and as a repository for art, architecture and design.

Michigan State of the United States of America

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects building

The Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects were the largest residential housing project owned by the city of Detroit, located in the Brush Park section on the east side of Detroit, Michigan, near the Chrysler Freeway, Mack Avenue and St. Antoine Street. The housing project is named after Frederick Douglass, African American abolitionist, author, and reformer.

Love started her comedic career in 2003, after appearing on Star Search, reaching the finals and losing in a close competition to the winner. [7] Since then, she has appeared in films and numerous television shows.[ citation needed ] She has also acted in dramatic theatre plays.[ citation needed ] Love was named "Hot Comic" for 2009 in Campus Activity magazine and one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in both Variety and Comedy Central. She was awarded the Jury Prize for best stand-up at the 2003 US Comedy Arts Festival.[ citation needed ] In 2008 Love became the CNN correspondent for D. L. Hughley Breaks the News and covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She also appears regularly in comedy clubs and the college comedy circuit.[ citation needed ] In late 2009, Love recorded her first one-hour Comedy Central special, America's Sister, which aired on May 8, 2010. [8] In July 2013, Loni released her first comedy advice book titled "Love Him Or Leave Him But Don't Get Stuck With The Tab". It was published by Simon and Schuster. In 2013, Love became one of the hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real , alongside Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Houghton, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton (former co-host for seasons 1 & 2), which was scheduled to premiere on July 15, 2013 on Fox Television Stations. [9] The show was approved to return September 15, 2014. She and her co-hosts have won two NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award for their work. In 2015, she appeared in the comedy film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 , with Kevin James, and the action film Bad Asses on the Bayou , with Danny Trejo and Danny Glover. [10] The same year, Love was reported as developing a remake of the dating game show Love Connection , with herself as the host. [11] However, it fell through at the last minute. She also won 'Worst Cooks in America' Season 9 in 2016, winning $50,000 for her chosen charity.

CNN American news channel

Cable News Network (CNN) is an American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.

D. L. Hughley Breaks the News is an American comedy news show that aired on CNN from October 25, 2008 to March 2009, hosted and head written by comedian D. L. Hughley. On March 9, 2009, CNN announced that Hughley would be ending the show due to a desire to work in Los Angeles and be closer to his family. He plans to continue his work with CNN as a Los Angeles–based contributor for the network.


2016 Mother's Day Kimberly
2015 Bad Asses on the Bayou Carmen
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Donna Ericone
2014 Gutshot Straight Ms. Love
2014 Bad Asses Carmen
2004 Soul Plane Shaniece
With or Without You Waitress
2017 Kevin Can Wait YvetteGuest star (1 episode)
2016 Heads Up! HerselfHost (65 episodes)
2016 Worst Cooks in America HerselfWinner
2015 American Dad! IrisGuest star (1 episode)
2014 The Ellen DeGeneres Show HerselfRecurring Guest star & DJ
2014 I Love the 2000s Herself
2013–present The Real Co-HostTalk Show
2012 Bethenny Herself
2011 Whitney Nurse
2011 Kickin' It MargeRecurring
2011–2013 After Lately Herself
2010The Gossip Queens
2009Wildest TV Show Moments
D. L. Hughley Breaks the News
2008 GSN Live
Phineas and Ferb Carl's Saleswoman Disguise
2008–2014 Chelsea Lately
2008–2014 TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
2008 Chocolate News
Comics Unleashed
2006Thick and ThinViolaSeries regular
2005 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno HerselfFeatured comic
Weekends at the DL Panelist
Cuts PepperGuest star (1 episode)
2004–2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Lunch LadyRecurring
2004 Girlfriends Guest star (1 episode)
Redlight, GreenlightHerselfSeries host
Premium Blend
2003–2004 Hollywood Squares
2003 Star Search Finalist
I Love the '70s Series regular
I Love the '80s Strikes Back

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Award

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

YearAwardNominated workResult
2016 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Houghton, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley)
The Real Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Houghton, Mai, and Mowry-Housley)
2019 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Houghton, Mai, and Mowry-Housley)

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