ZANIES | APRIL 12
Whether on stage or screen, Emmy® award-winning talk show host, comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd never fails to delight audiences with her magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor, which is showcased in her position as co-host of ABC’s The View. Sherri will star and executive produce her new Lifetime series, SHERRI. The show is loosely based on her life and stand-up comedy, and premiered on October 5, 2009. Also in October, Sherri’s humorous autobiography, “Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Herself a Break,” was launched by Grand Central Publishing.
She continues to reprise her hysterical role as Angie Jordan, wife to Tracey Morgan’s character on the Emmy® award-winning series 30 Rock. Sherri will be seen in the upcoming feature film, Precious, alongside Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey, and directed by Lee Daniels (Monsters Ball). Precious is based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire and recently won the Grand Jury U.S. Drama and Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film premieres November 6, 2009. Sherri most recently co-starred in Dreamworks’ animated feature Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, where she voiced the character of Ben Stiller’s mother.
The Chicago native co-starred for four seasons with Sara Rue and Andy Dick on the ABC workplace comedy, Less Than Perfect. She starred opposite Queen Latifah in MGM’s Beauty Shop, and appeared with Bernie Mac in Guess Who, as well as, other films such as Who’s Your Caddy and Cellular. On television, she appeared on Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Suddenly Susan, The Jamie Foxx Show and Joan of Arcadia.
Sherri has been on the couch of many talk shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and she holds the record for being the most-booked guest on The Ellen Show (23 times). In 2008, she served as co-host along with Cameron Mathison at the Daytime Emmy Awards. A self-described “class clown,” Shepherd always wanted to pursue a performing career. She relocated to Los Angeles during high school and considered being a mortician, but opted for a job as a legal secretary instead. In 1990, she came face-to-face with destiny. After witnessing Andrew Dice Clay on stage, Sherri was encouraged by friends to put her own act together. Her love for performing was instantaneous; success, however, was not. For five years, Sherri toiled as a secretary by day and hopped on the bus at night to do her stand-up. She finally got her first real break with the comedy Cleghorne! starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Ellen Cleghorne.
Shepherd attributes her success to her faith in God, her grandmother, and her father’s constant encouragement to become anything she wished through hard work and humor. She also has a tremendous amount of respect for other performers and mentions Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Janet Jackson and Michael Jordan among her professional role models.
Sherri Shepherd and “The View” co-hosts were recently named #11 on Forbes “Most Influential Women in Media” list.
Sherri’s free time is spent with her four-year-old Jeffrey.