VISALIA – A real-life journey that takes a person from a latchkey kid in Detroit’s projects to a stand-up comedienne/movie star/bacon loving television personality is not something that happens easily or often, but somehow Loni Love pulled it off with her usual aplomb. Not to say there wasn’t a lot of hard work getting there, but when Love puts her mind to something, well, you better move out of the way.
Big and boisterous, Loni will bring her larger than life personality to the stage at the Visalia Fox Theater this Saturday, May 18 for her new comedy tour Loni Love & Friends, presented by Perico Productions.
Loni is currently a co-host of The Real, the one-hour daily talk show on Fox stations. Most recently, The Real received a 2019 Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Talk show as well as Loni and her co-hosts receiving the nomination for Best Talk Show Hosts. The nationally syndicated show (with a rebroadcast in primetime on cable network BET) was touted by the New York Post as “fun, funny, involved in life, outrageous by nature, warm and, most of all, real.” The show was nominated for four EMMY Awards. The Real also won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series.
As a young person, Loni 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 and flirted with the guys on the General Motors assembly line, discovering a passion for electrical engineering. She landed 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.
She 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, Loni 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.
In the 10 plus years since she began doing comedy full time, Loni has found her niche on The Real as well as the recurring guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Loni also 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. You can catch the show on over 40 stations including SiriusXM Channel 141.
Along with her work on television, Loni has appeared in myriad movies including Mother’s Day, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Soul Plane, and the Bad Ass franchise. In addition, Loni 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 fame.
Opening for Love will be Dennis Gaxiola and Key Lewis. Gaxiola is one of America’s funniest clean comedians. The preacher’s son and Air Force veteran Gaxiola has appeared on national television 20 times with the likes of Jamie Foxx and Gabriel Iglesias.
Sacramento-born Key Lewis is a high energy, improvisational, storytelling, multiple-personality nutcase! Lewis has appeared on Marlon Wayans TBS’s Funniest Wins, Starz Networks StaannDup, Kevin Harts One Mic Stand as well as Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes!
Tickets range from $25 to $35 and can be purchased online at http://www.foxvisalia.org or at the Visalia Fox box office, 300 Main Street in Visalia. Doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m.