Emmy-Award winning host Loni Love can be seen each weekday on the nationally syndicated talk show The Real. In 2018, Love and her fellow The Real co-hosts received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. The show, which returned for its seventh season this fall, has received multiple Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Series, and has received two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Talk Series.
A real-life journey that takes a person from a latchkey kid of a loving and hardworking mother in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects to a stand-up comedienne/movie star/bacon loving television personality is not something that happens easily or often, but somehow Love pulled it off with her usual aplomb.
As a young person, Love knew the smartest way to get ahead was to work hard and take scheduled naps. Working hard was an ethic passed down to her by her mother. The naps were Loni’s own doing. While in high school, she worked on the General Motors assembly line, discovering a passion for electrical engineering. Her smarts, hard work and determination helped her land a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She took her studies very seriously but was equally as driven in her downtime. While in college, she began dabbling in stand up and brown liquor, loving every minute of captivating an audience with her comedy. When she graduated college, she took an engineering job in California, which worked for both her chosen vocation and her ‘side-gig’ as a comedienne.
Love quickly became a regular at the legendary Laugh Factory, working during the day as an engineer and at night doing her comedy. In 2003, she was a finalist on the revived Star Search, and not long after, Love won the Jury Prize for Best Stand-Up. From there, she was invited to showcase on HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. At this point, it was time to make a career change, and thankfully for audiences, Loni went with comedy
Love debuted her latest book during the summer of 2020, I Tried To Change So You Don’t Have To: True Life Lessons. The inspirational book explores all of the embarrassing mistakes, terrifying challenges and unexpected breakthroughs that taught her how by committing to our own path, we can take control of our destiny. Love’s previous book, Love or Leave Him But Don’t Pick Up the Tab, also featured humorous insights and was a must read for women.
In the ten plus years since she began doing comedy full time, Love has found her niche on The Real, as well as the Love also currently co-hosts the GRACIE Award-winning radio show Café Mocha with rapper YoYo. They’ve interviewed President Obama and the First Lady as well as superstars like John Legend, Toni Braxton among many others. Café Mocha is the only nationally syndicated show of its kind that was created exclusively BY and FOR women of color. The show airs on over 40 stations including SiriusXM Channel 141.
Additionally, Love has guest hosted on Fashion Police, has been a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and E! and a recurring guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Along with her work on television, she has appeared in myriad movies including Mother’s Day, the successful Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 opposite Kevin James, Soul Plane with Kevin Hart and the Bad Ass franchise with Danny Glover and Danny Trejo. In addition, Love is the subject of the documentary “Being Loni Love”, which traces Loni’s life story from her early days as a latchkey daughter growing up in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglas housing projects to national stand up comedienne, tv and movie star. This season she will be the voice on WE TV’s “Bridezillas.”