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Sheryl Underwood
Underwood, Sheryl (2008).jpg
Sheryl Underwood in 2008
Born October 28, 1963 (1963-10-28) (age 46)[1]
Little Rock, Arkansas
Nationality American

Sheryl Underwood (born October 28, 1963(1963-10-28)) is an American comedienne.[1]


Professional career

Underwood first gain notoriety as the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search in 1989.[2] She won the BET "Funniest Female Comedian on Comic View" award in 1994 and the BET Comedy Awards' Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award in 2005.[1][3] Following her stand up success, Underwood took a number of minor acting roles including Bad Mouth Bessie in the 1998 film I Got the Hook Up, and Catfish Rita in the 2005 film Beauty Shop.[1]

Underwood was the host of BET's Comic View and executive producer and host of the limited run comedy/variety series Holla (September 2002- January 2003)[4]

Comedian Sheryl Underwood hangs out with a Soldier at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 12, 2007. A host of stars and entertainers are traveling as a part of the Sgt. Maj. of the Army's Hope and Freedom tour to entertain deployed troops.

Underwood is a regular on-air radio personality on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.[5] She briefly hosted her own radio program, "Sheryl Underwood and Company" for Radio One-owned Syndication One News/Talk and XM Satellite Radio's Channel 169 (The Power ).[6] On Tuesday nights, Underwood hosts The Sheryl Underwood Show on Jamie Foxx's Sirius Satellite Radio channel, The Foxxhole (Sirius 106) [7]


Television and Filmography[1][3]

Year Film Role
1998 Bulworth Woman in Frankie's
1998 I Got the Hook Up Bad Mouth Bessie
2001 Nikki (TV series) (episode: Working Girl) Janeth
2002 Holla (TV series) Host
2005 Beauty Shop Catfish Rita
Holla (TV series) Executive Producer
1992 Def Comedy Jam (TV series) Frequent Performer
1993 Soul Train Comedy Awards (TV) Presenter
1997 Make Me Laugh TV Series
2000 Oh Drama! (TV Series) Host
2002 Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (TV Series) Self
2004 BET Comedy Awards (TV) Self
2005 The 2nd Annual BET Comedy Awards (TV) Self
2005 Weekends at the DL
2005 Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History (TV)
2005 Getting Played
2007 Baisden After Dark Self

Personal life

I would call myself a sexually progressive, God-fearing, black Republican.

—Sheryl Underwood, [3]

College educated, she holds a Bachelor's degree and two Master's degrees. Underwood once served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and frequently makes jokes about "all the creative places you can get busy on military base."

Underwood is a lifetime member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., first joining in 1990.[1][2][5] She served as president of the organization's Omicron Rho Zeta chapter, as the National Chair of Honorary Members, and as the National Executive Board Chair.[5] She also chartered a graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta in Inglewood, California.

In addition to the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Underwood is also a National Council of Negro Women and the NAACP member.[2] She also founded the African-American Female Comedian Association.[2]

Zeta Phi Beta presidency

Underwood was elected as the 23rd International Grand Basileus (President), during Zeta Phi Beta's biennial business meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2008. Her election as Grand Basileus was disputed, but District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher dismissed a lawsuit against the sorority and Underwood, that asked the court to unseat Underwood.[5][8][9] Her election made her the first professional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization.


This article is a part of a series on
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
See also:
Fraternities and Sororities Wikiproject

External links

Preceded by
Barbara C. Moore
Zeta Phi Beta National President
2008 – Present


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