The View Co-Host
“Stand-up will always be my first love. I enjoy writing my own material and having my own voice onstage.” Sherri Shepherd
Emmy-nominated comedienne Sherri Shepherd began performing on the west coast stand-up comedy circuit in the early '90s. She became more popular to TV viewers in the late '90s when she played recurring roles in such TV shows as "Suddenly Susan" (as Miranda Charles; 1997-2000), "The Jamie Foxx Show" (as Sheila Yarborough; 1999-2001), and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (as Judy; 1998-2003).
Shepherd starred in the ABC sitcom "Less Than Perfect" (2002-2006) and earned a BET Comedy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also provided her voice to the Disney Channel series “Kim Possible” (2004-2007) and “Brandy and Mr. Whiskers” (2004-2006).
In 2007, Shepherd starred as Wedding Palace assistant Debbie Quill in the short-lived series "The Wedding Bells" (2007). She now serves as a co-host of ABC's Emmy Award-winning talk show "The View," which handed her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2008.
On the big screen, Shepherd could be seen in the films "Pauly Shore Is Dead" (2003), "Cellular" (2004), "Guess Who" (2005), "Beauty Shop" (2005), and "Who's Your Caddy?" (2007). She will appear in the upcoming drama film "Push" alongside Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Lenny Kravitz.
This 5' 1" African-American comic was married to comedian Jeff Tarpley from 2001 to 2006 and has one son with him.
Childhood and Family:
“I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again, and that’s my belief.” Sherri Shepherd
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 22, 1970, Sherri Evonne Shepherd moved with her parents to the all-white suburb of Hoffman Estates in Chicago, where she spent most of her formative years alongside her three younger sisters. Her father, Lawrence, was a food service manager at Sambos Restaurant, and her mother, LaVerne, cleaned houses.
“My father was and is a great father.” Sherri Shepherd
Shepherd attended Winston Churchill Elementary School, Eisenhower Junior High School and Hoffman Estates High School. She relocated to Los Angeles when she was in high school.
“If I didn't have God in my life, I'd be either in jail, on drugs, or dead.” Sherri Shepherd
In 1993, Shepherd's mother was dying from complications of diabetes and her sister was heavily involved in drugs.
“I believe that God and Christians were here before everyone else.” Sherri Shepherd
Shepherd married comedian Jeff Tarpley on March 10, 2001, and they welcomed their son, Jeffrey Charles Tarpley, on April 22, 2005, when Sherri was only 25 weeks into her pregnancy. Shepherd and Tarpley filed for divorce in 2006.
In her spare time, Shepherd enjoys singing karaoke, skiing, skating and attending church related activities. She also likes to play with her two retrievers, Angel and Shatzi.
“I let people know I’m a Christian. It comes up naturally when I do things.” Sherri Shepherd
Less Than Perfect
A self-confessed class clown, Sherri Shepherd attended a trade college and worked as a legal secretary while performing stand-up comedy at night. She decided to move to Los Angeles in the early ‘90s and began performing on the west coast stand-up comedy circuit. During this time, she also performed at the Comedy Store. She also provided the opening acts for such comedians as Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence and Sinbad.
In the mid '90s, Shepherd made her TV series debut in the WB sitcom starring comedienne and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Ellen Cleghorne, “Cleghorne” (1995). After the show was canceled, she worked again as a legal secretary for a day job for another three years.
Shepherd scored her first recurring role in the NBC sitcom starring Brooke Shields, “Suddenly Susan.” She was with the series from 1997 to 2000. She was also seen on the CBS Emmy-winning sitcom starring Ray Romano, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” as Judy, and stayed on the show from 1998 to 2003. She was also seen as Sheila Yarborough in several episodes of The WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
In 2002, Shepherd landed a role on the ABC sitcom “Less Than Perfect,” which ran until 2006, and earned her a BET Comedy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
During this time, Sherri provided her voice to the Disney Channel series “Kim Possible” (2004-2007) and “Brandy and Mr. Whiskers” (2004-2006). She also had had a supporting role in the feature film “Guess Who” (2004) and was cast in the ensemble female comedy “Beauty Shop” (2005).
Following the demise of “Less Than Perfect,” Shepherd, who became a popular guest on syndicated game shows and daytime talk programs, began regularly filling in as a guest host on the ABC show “The View” in 2007. In 2008, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host that she shared with co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Whoopi Goldberg
Meanwhile, Shepherd played Wedding Palace assistant Debbie Quill, who had a relationship with a wedding singer (played by Cleavant Derricks), in the short-lived drama comedy series "The Wedding Bells" (2007), and guest starred in multiple 2007 episodes of NBC’s critically-acclaimed sitcom "30 Rock." She also played Big Rhonda in the movie “Transformers” (2007), but her scenes were only featured in the IMAX re-release version of the film, and co-starred with Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Lil Wayne, Andy Milonakis, Faizon Love, Terry Crews, Tony Cox, and Jeffrey Jones, in Don Michael Paul's comedy film "Who's Your Caddy?" (2007). She is currently working on her upcoming film project, "Push," a drama by Lee Daniels in which she will co-star with Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Lenny Kravitz.
Shepherd continues to perform stand-up at popular venues in Los Angeles. She also released a self-produced performance DVD, which was available through her web site.
“Why am I as successful as I am? I have no idea. I have no idea what I’m doing.” Sherri Shepherd