Loni Love

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Loni Love
Loni Love 140 Twitter Conference 2009.jpg
Love at the 2009 Twitter Conference
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 48)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Comedian
  • television host
  • actress
  • author
Alma materPrairie View A&M University
Years active2003–present
GenresObservational comedy
  • Relationships
  • current events
  • American politics[1]

Loni Love (born July 12, 1971) is an American comedian, television host, actress and author. 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.

Currently, Love is one of the hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, alongside Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Adrienne Houghton, 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.[citation needed] Prior to her career as a comedian, she was an electrical engineer,[3] an experience she talks about in many of her acts.[4] After graduating from Cass Technical 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 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.[5] It was there that she discovered stand-up comedy after winning a $50 competition and then performed frequently 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.[6] After eight years of working at Xerox, Love resigned to pursue comedy during a layoff to prevent someone else from losing their job.[6] Recently Love did a show on VH1 called I Love the 2000s which she gives her view on 2000-2009's pop culture highlights and became a Roundtable panelist for her friend and fellow comic Chelsea Handler.

Love started her comedic career in 2003, after appearing on Star Search, reaching the finals and losing in a close competition to the winner.[7] Since then, she has appeared in films and numerous television shows.[citation needed] 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. 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. 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.[8] In July 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. In 2013, Love became one of the hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, alongside Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Houghton, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton (former co-host for seasons 1 & 2), which was scheduled to premiere on July 15, 2013 on Fox Television Stations.[9] The show was approved to return September 15, 2014. She and her co-hosts have won two NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award for their work. 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.[10] The same year, Love was reported as developing a remake of the dating game show Love Connection, with herself as the host.[11] However, it fell through at the last minute. She also won 'Worst Cooks in America' Season 9 in 2016, winning $50,000 for her chosen charity.


Year Film Role Notes
2016 Mother's Day Kimberly
2015 Bad Asses on the Bayou Carmen
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Donna Ericone
2014 Gutshot Straight Ms. Love
2014 Bad Asses Carmen
2004 Soul Plane Shaniece
With or Without You Waitress
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Kevin Can Wait Yvette Guest star (1 episode)
2016 Heads Up! Herself Host (65 episodes)
2016 Worst Cooks in America Herself Winner
2015 American Dad! Iris Guest star (1 episode)
2014 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Recurring Guest star & DJ
2014 I Love the 2000s Herself
2013–present The Real Co-Host Talk Show
2012 Bethenny Herself
2011 Whitney Nurse
2011 Kickin' It Marge Recurring
2011–2013 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
2008–2014 Chelsea Lately
2008–2014 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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award[edit]

Note: The year given is the year of the ceremony

Year Award Nominated work Result
2016 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Houghton, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley)
The Real Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Houghton, Mai, and Mowry-Housley)
2019 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Houghton, Mai, and Mowry-Housley)


  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. ^ Joszor, Njai (27 August 2009), Lonie Love: Laughter For Life, Singersroom.com, archived from the original on 31 August 2009, retrieved 2009-11-13
  4. ^ Richardson, Emma (3 November 2009), Loni Love Foxy (And Funny) Problem Solver, Real Detroit Weekly, retrieved 2009-11-13[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ 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]
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2010-10-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Loni Love & John Roy, CBS Broadcasting Inc., retrieved 2009-11-16
  8. ^ "Interview: Loni Love: American Sister". The Trades. 2010-04-20. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  9. ^ "Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton & Adrienne Bailon Land Talk Show". rumorfix.com. June 1, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "Loni Love Lands A New Role In 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2′!". 9 April 2014.
  11. ^ Get Ready For A New 'Love Connection', 2015-01-22, retrieved 2015-01-22

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