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Loni Love
Born July 12, 1971 (1971-07-12) (age 38)
Detroit, Michigan,
United States
Occupation Actress/Comedienne
Years active 1998–present
Official website

Loni Love (born July 12, 1971) is an American comedienne and actress.

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Biography

Growing up in Detroit's Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects,[1] Love resisted the temptation to peddle drugs for money like many other children.[2] Prior to her career as a comedian, Love was an electrical engineer,[3] which she uses in many of her acts.[2] She had worked on the General Motors assembly line in high school, which ignited her passion for electrical engineering. Love then received a scholarship and her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. It was there that she discovered stand-up comedy after winning a $50 competition and then performed constantly during her college life. After finding work as an engineer in California, she continued to do stand-up after work in clubs and became a regular at the Laugh Factory.[1]

Career

Love started her comedic career in 2003, after appearing on Star Search, reaching the finals and losing in a close competition with the winner.[4] Since then, she has appeared in the films, Soul Plane and With or Without You and numerous television shows, including I Love the '70s, I Love the '80s Strikes Back, Hollywood Squares, Redlight, Greenlight, Weekends at the DL, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Premium Blend, Chocolate News, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Great Debate, Comics Unleashed, GSN Live and The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest.... Love also acted as the "Lunch Lady" in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and in the failed NBC series Thick and Thin, as well as having guest appearances on Girlfriends and Cuts.[5] She has also acted in dramatic theatre plays.[6] 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.[1]

In 2009, Love became the CNN correspondent for D. L. Hughley Breaks the News and covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Love currently appears regularly as a guest on the round table and in sketches on Chelsea Lately and hosts Wildest TV Show Moments. She also appears regularly in comedy clubs and the college comedy circuit.[6]

Filmography

Film*[6][5]
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Soul Plane Shaniece Supporting
2004 With or Without You Supporting
Television*[6][5]
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Wildest TV Show Moments Herself
2009 D. L. Hughley Breaks the News Herself
2009 GSN Live Herself
2008 - present Chelsea Lately Herself
2008 - 2009 The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... Herself
2008 Chocolate News Herself
2008 Comics Unleashed Herself
2006 Thick and Thin Viola Series regular
2005 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself Featured comic
2005 Weekends at the DL Herself Panelist
2005 Cuts Pepper Guest star (1 episode)
2004 - 2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Lunch Lady Recurring
2004 Girlfriends Woman Guest star (1 episode)
2004 Redlight, Greenlight Herself Series host
2004 Premium Blend Herself
2003 - 2004 Hollywood Squares Herself Guest
2003 Star Search Herself Finalist
2003 I Love the '70s Herself Series regular
2003 I Love the '80s Strikes Back Herself Series regular

*Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ a b c Official bio, http://www.levityentertainmentgroup.com/index.php?View=TalentInfo&ID=4, retrieved 2009-11-16  
  2. ^ a b Richardson, Emma (3 November 2009), Loni Love Foxy (And Funny) Problem Solver, Real Detroit Weekly, http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/content/article_5851.shtml, retrieved 2009-11-13  
  3. ^ Joszor, Njai (27 August 2009), Lonie Love: Laughter For Life, Singersroom.com, http://www.singersroom.com/lifestyle/feature-story-157.asp, retrieved 2009-11-13  
  4. ^ Loni Love & John Roy, MMIV, CBS Broadcasting Inc., http://www.cbs.com/primetime/star_search/comedian/020603.shtml, retrieved 2009-11-16  
  5. ^ a b c Loni Love at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ a b c d Resume, http://www.lonilove.com/pages/bio.html, retrieved 2009-11-16  

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