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By: Janice Malone
Talk show host, actress, game show host, business woman, and best-selling author Sherri Sheperd does it all. But wait there’s more! Sherri has yet another talent many of her millions of fans may not be aware of. She’s an established standup comedienne and she’s been doing so for many years. Ms. Sheperd continues to bring her jokes and laughs to a city near you. Check her website at www.sherrisheperd.com to see when she’s stopping in your city.
As one of the co-hosts on the hit daytime show The View or hosting The Newlywed Game, or dancing up a storm, Sherri has proven that she can be almost “every woman,” so to speak. But lately, she’s returning back to her roots and her first love of doing standup comedy. Sherri recently taped her first one hour comedy special "Sherri Shepherd: It's My Time to Talk," which premiered on the EPIX TV network this summer. In between her many TV gigs, she’s somehow finding time to resume doing standup again, by doing mini comedy club tours.
Ms. Sherri was busily getting her hair and makeup done in preparation to tape The Jay Leno Show but did manage to give us some chat time as stylists prepped her with hair, makeup and wardrobe.
QUESTION: You must be the reigning queen of wigs these days because of your fabulous line of wigs. How’s your wig business going?
S. SHEPERD: “It’s actually going just great! I was on the QVC Shopping Network last week, promoting the wigs and we totally sold out. The wigs are now being sold in certain beauty supply stores. We’re also promoting them in hair shows too, so we’re getting a very good response. I’m excited.”
QUESTION: I really love QVC, especially when it comes to buying big ticket electronic products. I’ve bought my last 4 computers and my I-pad from them.
S. SHEPERD: “I love them too. In fact, I’m such a QVC fanatic. I even Tweeted how much I love shopping on QVC. So to actually be on there selling a product that I have is just surreal to me. I can literally watch QVC for 30 minutes and spend a couple of hundred dollars or more easily. I’ve got stuff still in boxes from QVC that I still haven’t opened up yet.”
QUESTION: You are woman with so many diverse talents—talk show, game show host, best-selling author and actress. But a lot of fans may not know that you started your career off as a standup comic.
S. SHEPERD: “Yes, stand-up comedy is how I started off back in 1993. Back then I started doing stand-up comedy with a guy people might know by the name of Chris Tucker, along with some more friends name Jamie Foxx, Monique and Cheryl Underwood. In fact, right before you called I was just chatting on the phone with Cheryl, who’s one of my best friends. We used to travel on the road together back in the day doing stand-up comedy. As I look back, I am just so proud of the success that all of them are now experiencing. When we all together we often just marvel about the success in astonishment. Kevin Hart and I were recently saying the same thing, ‘Can you believe this has happened for us?’
QUESTION: We see you on television daily on The View and host of The Newlywed Game and kinda know what to expect. But what can fans expect when they come out to see Sherri Sheperd the stand-up comedian?
S. SHEPERD: “I got my break in TV before I did in stand-up comedy, so I really didn’t get a chance to be on the comedy circuit that much like some of the people I mentioned earlier did in their careers. But I’ve always loved doing stand-up comedy. A couple of years ago I had a sitcom on the Lifetime Network, (“Sherri”), that was based, on my stand-up comedy routine. The show was about my fictitious husband who was cheating on me, along with the girl having a baby. It was real cathartic for me to get on stage and talk about it. So from that premise we developed a real show around it. So I’m now married a second time and this time I plan to make this marriage work even it kills me. I’m determined to make this marriage work! (She laughs). In my stand-up act I also talk about being married with a blended family; what it was like when Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set when Bill O’Reilly was a guest on The View; my whole fiasco of being on Dancing With the Stars; my brain fart the time I said that I didn’t know if the earth was round or flat. I don’t know what was going on inside my head that day! So my stand-up routine is just really about my life and how I live it each day.”
QUESTION: To further speak of Dancing With the Stars, are you open to going back on the show if asked?
S. SHEPERD: “YES! I would pay the show myself, if they allowed me come back on. Doing that show was such an amazing experience for me. I loved it so much because I got the chance to face my fears. And each week I got to dance with this big handsome Russian dancer. That’s what fantasies are all about, even though I got stage fright right before each show.”
QUESTION: Wait a second. You make a living being in front the cameras every day. How did you get stage fright from being on Dancing With the Stars?
S. SHEPERD: “I just got ‘dance fright.’ I can make people laugh in my sleep. I can do the Newlywed Game, The View or any of that. But dancing is not something that I do every day. Dancing is between me and my mirror at home. So getting out there and actually dancing in front of millions of people was scary for me. So when the announcer would call our names to start dancing I would literally just freeze but when the music would start, something would kick in and I’d start dancing. But initially, it was quite frightening for me. But I still love doing the show so very much.”
QUESTION: As we all know, you lost a considerable amount of weight and you still look great. How is it going with keeping the weight off while traveling on the road doing stand-up comedy?
S. SHEPERD: “It’s going really well. I’m still managing to do my Zuumba classes, while eating right. I wrote my book Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It) because I was diagnosed with diabetes back when I first started doing The View. My mom passed away at 41 years of age from diabetes, so I wanted to write a book to help others. Diabetes is such a big epidemic in the African American and Latino communities and something has to be done. The book was written from the perspective of a person who’s experienced what it’s really like to live with diabetes every day. But I feel great. I don’t want people to be paralyzed with fear if they have diabetes.”
QUESTION: You performed recently in my city of Nashville. How often do you visit Nashville?
S. SHEPERD: “I have a lot of friends in Nashville. The last time I was in Nashville it was for the Stellar Awards. People in Nashville are just so nice. When I was there before I was in this rental car and a lady rear ended my vehicle. But it all came out good because while we were waiting for the police to arrive the lady said, ‘Would you like to go across the street and have some pancakes with me?’ So that’s what we did and it was great!”
QUESTION: So did she pay for the pancakes?
S. SHEPERD: “Yes, she did. Now I ask you—where else would anybody be that kind and friendly, except in Nashville? So, I was really looking forward to coming back there!”