Loni Love

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Loni Love
Loni Love 140 Twitter Conference 2009.jpg
Loni Love in September 2009.
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 42)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Medium Television, stand-up, film
Nationality American
Years active 2003–present
Genres Observational comedy
Subject(s) Relationships, current events, American politics[1]
Influences Richard Pryor, Bill Maher, Eddie Griffin[1]
Website http://www.lonilove.com/

Loni Love (born July 12, 1971) is an American comedienne and actress. After quitting her job as an electrical engineer in 2003, Love began to pursue a career in stand up comedy. She was the runner-up on Star Search 2003 and was named "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in both Variety and Comedy Central in 2009. She is currently one of the hosts of The Real talk show along with Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon, and Tamera Mowry, which premiered on July 15, 2013.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Love was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects.[3] Prior to her career as a comedian she was an electrical engineer,[4] an experience she talks about in many of her acts.[5] After graduating from 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 a scholarship and 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.[6][7] 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 at Xerox in California, she continued to do stand-up after work in clubs and became a regular at the Laugh Factory.[3][8] After eight years of working at Xerox, Love resigned to pursue comedy during a layoff to prevent someone else from losing their job.[8]

Love started her comedic career in 2003, after appearing on Star Search, reaching the finals and losing in a close competition to the winner.[9] Since then, she has appeared in films and numerous television shows.[10] She has also acted in dramatic theatre plays.[10] 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.[3] 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.[10] In late 2009, Love recorded her first one-hour Comedy Central special, America's Sister, which aired on May 8, 2010.[11] In 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.


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Bad Asses Carmen
2004 Soul Plane Shaniece Supporting
With or Without You Waitress Minor
Year Title Role Notes
2013–present The Real Co-Host
2012 Bethenny
2011 Whitney Nurse
2011 Kickin' It Marge Recurring
2011–present After Lately Herself
2010 The Gossip Queens
2009 Wildest TV Show Moments
D. L. Hughley Breaks the News
2008 GSN Live
Phineas and Ferb Carl's Saleswoman Disguise
2008–present Chelsea Lately
2008–present TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
2008 Chocolate News
Comics Unleashed
2006 Thick and Thin Viola Series regular
2005 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself Featured comic
Weekends at the DL Panelist
Cuts Pepper Guest star (1 episode)
2004–2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Lunch Lady Recurring
2004 Girlfriends Guest star (1 episode)
Redlight, Greenlight Herself Series host
Premium Blend
2003–2004 Hollywood Squares
2003 Star Search Finalist
I Love the '70s Series regular
I Love the '80s Strikes Back


  1. ^ a b "417 at 4:17: An Interview with Comedian Loni Love - 417 Blog — March 2010 - Southwest Missouri". 417mag.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ "It’s Official: ‘The Real’ Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Official bio, retrieved 2009-11-16 [dead link]
  4. ^ Joszor, Njai (27 August 2009), Lonie Love: Laughter For Life, Singersroom.com, retrieved 2009-11-13 
  5. ^ Richardson, Emma (3 November 2009), Loni Love Foxy (And Funny) Problem Solver, Real Detroit Weekly, retrieved 2009-11-13 
  6. ^ Carnes, Jim. "Loni Love will say what's on her mind at Punch Line — Sacramento Entertainment — Sacramento Movie Theaters, Music | Sacramento Bee". Sacbee.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Twitter / Loni Love: Eta Beta Chapter for life". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.thetowerlight.com/2010/09/riding-the-love-train/
  9. ^ Loni Love & John Roy, CBS Broadcasting Inc., retrieved 2009-11-16 
  10. ^ a b c d e Resume, retrieved 2009-11-16 
  11. ^ "Interview: Loni Love: American Sister". The Trades. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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