More Sherri Shepherd Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Beauty Shop)Sherri Shepherd never fails to delight audiences with her magnetic personality and rollicking humor. The Chicago native co-stars with Andy Dick and Eric Roberts on the ABC workplace comedy Less Than Perfect, which is in its third season. Recently, she had a cameo in Cellular with Kim Basinger, and plays Bernie Mac's best friend in Guess Who. Shepherd continues her recurring role as Sgt. Judy Potter on CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond. She is the voice of twin toucans Cheryl and Meryl in the Disney Channel's upcoming comedy series Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, about a poodle and a rabbit stuck in the rain forest. She released a collection of her ‘gospel' stand-up comedy on a CD entitled No Refund, No Exchange in May of 2003.
A groundbreaking performance as one of the first African American actresses to guest star on the hit NBC series Friends earned Shepherd the reputation of being one of Hollywood's most reliable sources for uproarious comedy.
Shepherd continues to defy industry boundaries and has appeared on every major network. She recently appeared as God (who happened to be a DMV Clerk) on Joan of Arcadia for CBS. She co-starred opposite Brooke Shields on NBC's Suddenly Susan, recurred on the WB's Jamie Foxx Show, and guest-starred on Fox's Living Single. She played stage manager Melva on chef Emeril Lagasse's show-within-a-show, Emeril, and most recently starred as Joanne Waters alongside veteran actors John Cleese and Ed Begley Jr. in ABC's short-lived satirical comedy Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central).
A self-described class clown, Shepherd always wanted to pursue a performing career and marry Michael Jackson. 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 egged on by her 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 standup. She finally got her first real break with the comedy Cleghorne! starring former Saturday Night Live alum Ellen Cleghorne.
A favorite on the talk show circuit, Shepherd has appeared on Politically Incorrect, the 700 Club, and VH1's The List. She's been fortunate enough to work steadily while fine-tuning her craft through comedy, scene-study and improvisational workshops. As an accomplished standup comic, she performs regularly at The Comedy Store, The Improv and Laugh Factory in Hollywood.
Shepherd attributes her success to faith in God, her grandmother, pastor and her father's constant encouragement to do and become anything she wished with hard work. 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. A delirious newlywed, Shepherd gives a hilarious off-center perspective on relationships on her first comedy recording, aptly titled No Refund, No Exchange. Away from the set, she enjoys karaoke, skiing, skating, church activities and a good game of Taboo. Sherri Shepherd lives in Los Angeles with her oh so incredible husband, actor and comic Jeff T., and their two Retrievers, Angel and Shatzi.
Bio courtesy MGM for "Beauty Shop" (07-May-2005)
Biography #3 (for Less Than Perfect)Sherri was born in Chicago and raised with her three sisters in the city's nearby suburb of Hoffman Estate, where their father (since retired) managed a McDonald's franchise. In 1990 she decided to attend a trade college and began to work as a legal secretary. A self-described class clown, Sherri always wanted to pursue a performing career and marry Michael Jackson, but after witnessing comedian Andrew Dice Clay on stage, she was egged on by her pals to put her own act together - even if it was a part-time gig at night. For the next five years, Sherri typed legal documents by day and was a struggling standup comedienne at night.
Sherri got her first break on the comedy Cleghorne!. Unfortunately, when the series was cancelled after one year, Sherri had to resume her life in the legal office. Two years later she decided to take the plunge and pursue acting and standup work full-time.
She landed guest-starring roles on Friends, Living Single and Suddenly Susan, on which she later became a series regular in 1999. She also was a recurring member of The Jamie Foxx Show as Sheila, from 1998-2000, and is still remembered for her recurring role as Sgt. Judy Potter, the opinionated cop, on Everybody Loves Raymond. Most recently she starred in the television series Emeril and My Adventures in Television.
In her spare time Sherri enjoys playing an intense game of Taboo, karaoke singing, skiing, skating, church activities, watching gymnastics and helping her friends as their designated babysitter. She recently married actor and comic Jeff T., and they reside in Los Angeles with their two retrievers, Angel and Shatzi.
Bio courtesy ABC for "Less Than Perfect" (20-Nov-2002)