Loni Love, born July 12, 1971, is a comedian, actress and talk show host. While working as an electrical engineer in 2003, Love began to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. She was the runner-up on Star Search 2006 and was named among the “Top 10 Comics to Watch” in both Variety and Comedy Central in 2009. She is currently one of the hosts of “The Real” talk show along with Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton, and Adrienne Bailon, which premiered on July 15, 2013. Loni is the oldest one of the co-hosts.
Love, 44, grew up in Detroit’s tough Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects with her single mother. She graduated from Prairie View A&M University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. After graduation, she moved to California where worked full-time as an engineer and part-time as a stand-up comedian. When she became a finalist on “Star Search” in 2003, she quit her engineering job to devote all of her energy to being a comic. With her big heart, she also quit to keep someone else from being laid off.
Love got a job on the new talk show “The Real,” which began with a four-week trial run before entering its first official season in September 2014. The show is now in its second season that airs during the day on Fox TV stations and in national syndication, and nightly on BET. The one-hour chat fest features a diverse panel of five women who discuss hot topics, doling out fashion, beauty and relationship advice and interview celebrity guests. “The Real” is a more lighthearted, fun and hip alternative to rival shows “The View” and “The Talk.”
Loni Love makes no secret about her love for bacon. As a host on “The Real,” Loni has named the various ways she enjoys eating bacon which include using bacon-flavored toothpaste, eating bacon ice cream, and consuming bacon-flavored drinks.
In January 2016, Loni will begin hosting the new Ellen DeGeneres-produced game show “Heads Up!” for HLN. It’s based on Ellen’s app, which has been downloaded over 16 million times. There are not a lot of female game show hosts, so Loni is very excited to actually work with Ellen and her team to help develop the game show. Loni made a connection with Ellen because she is a frequent guest DJ on her show. Viewers will see another side of Loni when she begin hosting the game show.
It seems like 2016 will be very promising for Loni. She has a role in the 2016 movie “Mother’s Day.” It’s based on four separate stories starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson. Loni is in the story with Jennifer and Jason. She plays Kimberly, a mother, who helps Jason get over the loss of his wife.
Loni Love takes advantage of her name. She calls her fans Love Bugs. On “The Real” she has a segment that’s called “Loni’s Love Corner” where she gives love advice to others. Loni describes herself as a satisfied single. She believes in multi-dating because she doesn’t want to get married or have children.