Sheryl Underwood

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Sheryl Underwood
Underwood, Sheryl (2008).jpg
Underwood in 2008
Born (1963-10-28) October 28, 1963 (age 52)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, Television, Film
Nationality American
Education University of Illinois at Chicago
Years active 1988–present
Subject(s) Human sexuality, race relations, African-American culture, politics
Influences Redd Foxx, Lawanda Page, Moms Mabley, Bernie Mac

Sheryl Underwood (born (1963-10-28)October 28, 1963)[1] is an American comedian, actress and television host. She first rose to prominence in the comedy world as the first female finalist in 1989's Miller Lite Comedy Search. She is well-known for hosting BET Comic View, and is currently one of the five hosts on the daytime chat show The Talk on CBS, a role she first stepped into in the autumn of 2011.

Professional career[edit]

Underwood was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.[1] After graduating college, she served in the military.[citation needed] 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.[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.

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]

Sheryl Underwood with a soldier at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, December 12, 2007 as a part of the Sgt. Maj. of the Army's Hope and Freedom tour to entertain deployed troops.
The Talk co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood in 2012.

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 daytime show The Talk in its second season replacing Leah Remini.


Year Film Role
1992[3] 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 - present The Talk Self
2012, 2013 The Young and the Restless Justice of the Peace

Personal life[edit]

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Master's 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 lifelong Republican.[10] However she campaigned for Barack Obama's re-election in United States presidential election, 2012.[11]

Underwood is a lifetime member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, first joining in 1990.[2][5] She served as president of the organization's Omicron Rho Zeta chapter, as the National Chair of Honorary Members, National Executive Board Chair and International Grand Basileus.[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.[12]

On The Talk, Underwood revealed that she was born with a twin that didn't survive. She went on to say that she had been lied to by her mother, who said 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 Underwood had gotten close to her father, which her mother 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][13][14] Her election made her the first professional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ a b "Sheryl Underwood". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sheryl Underwood". Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sheryl Underwood". CNET Networks, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Holla". 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". 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  8. ^ "The Foxxhole". 
  9. ^ "Sheryl Underwood ( Special Event)". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Why 'Proud Republican' Sheryl Underwood Campaigned And Voted For Obama
  12. ^ Sheryl Underwood Debuts on CBS The Talk, Reveals Her Husband's Suicide
  13. ^ Alexander, Keith L. (2008-08-16). "Comedian Fights to Retain Presidency of Sorority". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  14. ^ "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