Loni Love

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Loni Love
Loni Love 140 Twitter Conference 2009.jpg
Love at the 2009 Twitter Conference
Born (1971-07-14) July 14, 1971 (age 48) [1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Comedian
  • Television host
  • Actress
  • Author
  • Former electrical engineer
Alma mater Prairie View A&M University
Years active2003–present
Genres Observational comedy
  • Relationships
  • current events
  • American politics [2]
Website www.lonilove.com

Loni Love (born July 14, 1971) is an American comedian, television host, actress, author, and former electrical engineer. While working as an electrical engineer in the early 2000s, she switched to music engineering, until later launching a career in stand-up comedy. 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. She is one of the co-hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry, which premiered on July 15, 2013. [3]


Life and career

Love was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects. [4] [5] [6] Prior to her career as a comedian, she was an electrical engineer, [7] an experience she talks about in many of her acts. [8] After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1985, 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. [6] Love then received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. [9] While at Prairie View, she minored in music and was also a member of the Eta Beta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. [10] It was there that she discovered stand-up comedy after winning a $50 competition and then performed frequently during her college life. [11] [9]

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. [12] After eight years of working at Xerox, Love resigned to pursue comedy during a layoff to prevent someone else from losing their job. [12] Love did a series on VH1 called I Love the 2000s in which she gives her view on pop culture highlights. She was also a panelist in the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately .

Love started her comedic career in 2003, after appearing on Star Search, reaching the finals and losing in a close competition to the winner. [13] Since then, she has appeared in films and numerous television shows. [9] [14] 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. [9] 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. [15] 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. [16] In July 2013, she 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.

Since 2013, Love has served as one of the co-hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry. After premiering on July 15, 2013 on Fox Television Stations, [17] The Real was picked up to series the following year. [18] 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. [19] She also won the ninth season Worst Cooks in America in 2016, winning $50,000 for her chosen charity. [20] In 2018, Love and her Real co-hosts won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for their work. [21]


2019 Adopt a Highway Cher
2016 Mother's Day Kimberly
2015 Bad Asses on the Bayou Carmen
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Donna Ericone
2014 Gutshot Straight Ms. Love
Bad Asses Carmen
2004 Soul Plane Shaniece
With or Without You Waitress
2020 RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Herself/Mary J. RossContestant
2020–presentThe Funny Dance ShowHerselfJudge
2017 Kevin Can Wait YvetteGuest star (1 episode)
2016 Heads Up! HerselfHost (65 episodes)
Worst Cooks in America Winner
2015 American Dad! IrisGuest star (1 episode)
2014 The Ellen DeGeneres Show HerselfRecurring Guest star & DJ
I Love the 2000s
2013–present The Real HerselfTalk show; co-host
2012 Bethenny Herself
2011 Whitney Nurse
2011-2013 Kickin' It MargeRecurring (5 Episodes)
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 Panelist
TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
2008 Chocolate News
Comics Unleashed
2007Wild 'N OutHerselfSeason 4 Recurring Cast Member
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
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 Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry)
The Real Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Bailon, Mai, and Mowry)
2019 Nominated

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