Sheryl Underwood

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Sheryl Underwood
Underwood, Sheryl (2008).jpg
Sheryl Underwood in 2008
Born (1963-10-28) October 28, 1963 (age 50)[1]
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 1992–present
Website www.sherylunderwoodandfriends.com

Sheryl Underwood (born (1963-10-28)October 28, 1963) is an American prior service member, comedian and actress.[1] She is a panelist on the daytime chat show The Talk on CBS.

Professional career[edit]

After graduating college, Underwood served in the military. She later gained public notice 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, December 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 was a contributor on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show until June 2010 when she jumped ship to The Steve Harvey Morning Show to be their contributor.[5][6] 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 ).[7] On Tuesday nights, Underwood hosts The Sheryl Underwood Show on Jamie Foxx's Sirius Satellite Radio channel, The Foxxhole (Sirius 106) [8] In 2011, she joined the popular daytime show The Talk in its second season replacing Leah Remini.

Filmography[1][3][edit]

Year Film Role
1992 Def Comedy Jam Frequent Performer
1993 Soul Train Comedy Awards (TV) Presenter
1997 Make Me Laugh (TV series)
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
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
2011 Comics Unleashed Self
2011 The Talk Self
2012, 2013 The Young and the Restless Justice of the Peace

Personal life[edit]

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

—Sheryl Underwood, [3]

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Masters Degrees in Media Management and Mass Communication from Governors State University.[9] Underwood once served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and frequently makes jokes about "all the creative places you can get busy on a military base."

Underwood is a lifetime member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, 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.[citation needed]

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

In the fall of 2011, Underwood revealed that after dating seven years, her husband--who might have suffered from clinical depression--committed suicide after they had been married three years.[10]

On The Talk Underwood revealed that she was born with a twin that didn't survive. Then she went on and said that she had been lied to by her mother, saying that her father murdered her sister. Underwood admitted to carrying her sister's birth certificate around with her. She even stated that her mother stabbed her father, who survived, after she had gotten close to her father, in which she wanted to prevent after she lied to Underwood about her father being a murderer.

Zeta Phi Beta presidency[edit]

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 her.[5][11][12] Her election made her the first professional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization.[citation needed]

References[edit]

This article is a part of a series on
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
See also:
Fraternities and Sororities Wikiproject
  1. ^ a b c d e f Sheryl Underwood at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d "Sheryl Underwood". Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sheryl Underwood". TV.com. CNET Networks, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Holla". TV.com. CNET Networks, Inc. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Elects Entertainer Sheryl Underwood 23rd International President". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2008-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Underwood Jumps From Joyner To Harvey". BV Newswire. 
  7. ^ "Comedian Sheryl Underwood gets a daily talk show on XM". ReddingNewsReview.com. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ "The Foxxhole". 
  9. ^ "Sheryl Underwood ( Special Event)". PalmBeachImprov.com. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^ http://theybf.com/2011/09/06/tv-fab-sheryl-underwood-debuts-on-the-talk-reveals-her-husbands-suicide Sheryl Underwood Debuts on CBS The Talk, Reveals Her Husband's Suicide
  11. ^ Alexander, Keith L. (2008-08-16). "Comedian Fights to Retain Presidency of Sorority". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Judge rules in favor of comedian in sorority". San Jose Mercury News. The Associated Press. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2009-02-03. [dead link]


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Preceded by
Barbara C. Moore
Zeta Phi Beta National President
2008 – 2012
Succeeded by
Mary Breaux Wright