Kym Elizabeth Whitley (born July 21, 1961) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry, The Parkers, and Black Dynamite. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.[1]

Kym Whitley
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Whitley at the Comic Con in San Diego, 2011
Born
Kym Elizabeth Whitley

(1962-07-21) July 21, 1962 (age 59)
Alma materFisk University
OccupationComedian, actress
Years active1989–present
TelevisionRaising Whitley
Children1
Websitehttp://www.kymwhitley.org

Early life and educationEdit

Whitley was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio to Kaysonia and William Whitley.[2] Her father was a founding partner of the black architectural firm of Whitley and Whitley. Whitley and Whitley was involved with work on Tower City Center, the Cleveland State University Convocation Center, Lincoln Junior High School, the Lee-Harvard Branch of Cleveland Public Library, the Central Area Multi-Service Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse development.[3] They were also involved in a joint venture to design and build Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field), home to the Cleveland Indians.[4] She attended Shaker Heights High School (graduating in 1979)[5] and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.[6] She was initiated into the Alpha Beta chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.[7]

CareerEdit

In 1989, Whitley got her big break starring in Shelly Garrett's popular play Beauty Shop, which started in Los Angeles then later traveled across the U.S. Whitley's major acting roles include the short-lived sitcoms My Brother and Me and Sparks. She made guest appearances on several television sitcoms, including The Parent 'Hood, Married... with Children, Moesha, That's So Raven, The Parkers, My Wife and Kids and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also hosted the short-lived BET show Oh Drama (2000). Whitley also had a small role in Next Friday as Craig's aunt Suga. She was one of the group called "The Adults", who were adult cast members in the earlier seasons of All That. In the early spring of 2010, Whitley was a co-host with R&B musician Brian McKnight on the short-lived talk show The Brian McKnight Show. From 2012 to 2013, Whitley had a recurring role on the BET comedy Let's Stay Together as Charmaine Wax.

Kym's reality docu-series entitled Raising Whitley on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth most-widely viewed premiere in the history of the network.[8] OWN ordered a second season, which premiered on January 4, 2014.

Whitley joined the cast of the television sitcom Young & Hungry which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2014, where she plays Josh's housekeeper Yolanda.[9] The show ran for five seasons, ending in 2018.[10]

In 2017, she guest starred in the web series The Bay where she played Big Candi. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.[11]

In 2018, she guest starred in the "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None as Denise's aunt Joyce, and sister to Angela Bassett's character.[12] The episode won an Emmy for Best Writing for Master of None's actors Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe,[13] she's been a recurring guest host on E! Daily Pop & Nightly pop since December 2020

CausesEdit

In 2013, Whitley and her friend Rodney Van Johnson launched a line of t-shirts titled "Don't Feed Me." The shirts alert caregivers about children who have specific food allergies.[14][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Whitley has two older brothers, Kyle and Scott.[3]

In January 2011, Whitley adopted her son, Joshua.[2][14][15]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Seven Thirty-Five Whitley Short
1999 Silk Hope Grace TV Movie
Beverly Hood Nola Washington
2000 Next Friday Auntie Suga
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Party Guest
A Private Affair Cheryl TV Movie
2001 Baby Boy Host
House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute Judy Harris/Jon Jon's Mom Video
2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway Ms. Wells TV Movie
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Ormandy
Love Chronicles Renee
Malibooty! Donna Video
2004 Along Came Polly Gladys
Up Against the 8 Ball Mrs. Thompson
2005 The Salon Lashaunna
The Golden Blaze Mother Johnson (voice) Video
The Perfect Man Dolores
L.A. Dicks Madame Opal
Fun with Dick and Jane Kostmart Training Leader
The Catch Honey Commons TV Movie
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Ms. Attitude (voice) TV Movie
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street Ms. Attitude (voice) TV Movie
Robin Harris: Live from the Comedy Act Theater Herself Video
2007 Making It Legal Theresa TV Movie
Angels Can't Help But Laugh Herself Documentary
2008 College Road Trip Michelle Porter
The Hustle Miss Tanya
Crusin' for Love with Kym Whitley Kym Whitley
Untitled Kanye West HBO Project Kanye's Mother
Cuttin' da Mustard -
2009 Black Dynamite Honeybee
I Love You, Man Female Co-Worker
Donation Cashier Keisha Short
Straight from the Horses Mouth Herself Video
Standing-n-Truth: Breaking the Silence Herself Documentary
Secrets of Life Herself Documentary
2010 Heaven Ain't Hard to Find Sis. Hattie May
Group Sex Tiffany Video
The Woman in the Red Dress The Detective's Wife Short
Something Like a Business Sasha
2011 Rango Melonee (voice) [16]
Taking Liberties (?) Sarah Short
35 and Ticking Shavelle [17]
Sebastian Roxanne
We Bought a Zoo Cashier
Saggin' in the A-T-L... Herself Documentary
2012 Boosters Tina
Sistaah Friend Publicist Video short
Silent No More Ms. Carolyn
C'mon Man Herself
2013 Ticket to Vegas Monik
Anything is Possible Ms. Kim
Why We Laugh: Funny Women Herself Documentary
Kym Whitley Harlem Shake Herself Short
2014 A Haunted House 2 Church Lady
2015 The Biz Casting Director TV Short
2017 Fist Fight 911 Operator
2018 She Get it from Her Mama Lena Short
The Weekend Karen Barber
2019 Love Dot Com: The Social Experiment Aunty Kathy
2020 Pandemically Single Rose Carter
Hubie Halloween Farmer Louise

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Vinnie & Bobby Glodine Episode: "Spring Is in the Air"
1994 My Brother and Me Mrs. Pinckney Recurring Cast
1995 The Parent Hood Muriel Episode: "Wendell and Muriel's Wedding"
Martin Louisa Episode: "Uptown Friday Night"
1996 Married... with Children Danielle Episode: "The Hood, the Bud & the Kelly: Part 2"
1996–98 Sparks Darice Mayberry Main Cast
1998 The Wayans Bros. Phyllis Episode: "Misery"
Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal Cheer Instructor Episode: "Scrubs"
1999 Arli$$ Susan Caldwell Episode: "Our Past, Our Present, Our Future"
2000 Grown Ups Kim Episode: "Valentine J"
Moesha Gertrude Lowe Episode: "The Candidate"
Intimate Portrait Herself Episode: "Robin Givens"
2001–02 Oh, Drama! Herself/Hostess TV Series
2001–04 The Parkers Gertrude "Gertie" Lowe Recurring Cast
2002 My Wife and Kids Wanda Recurring Cast: Season 2
2003 The Proud Family Caramel Jones/Mamma (voice) Episode: "Hooray for Iesha" & "Adventures in BeBe-Sitting"
The Real Roseanne Show Herself Episode: "Domestic Goddess"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Monena Episode: "The Car Pool Lane"
Significant Others Nurse Episode: "Intercourse, an Official Gathering & a Big Fat Lie"
1-800-Missing DEA Agent Dominique Shaw Episode: "Domestic Bliss"
One on One Liza Episode: "Who Brought the Jive Turkey?"
Wanda Does It Herself Episode: "Wanda Does Photos"
Discovery Health Celebrity Body Challenge Herself Episode: "Spa Day"
2005 That's So Raven Cousin Vicky Episode: "Country Cousins: Part 1 & 2"
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Waitress/Norlisa (voice) Episode: "Booty Noir" & "Harvey's Civvy"
Grey's Anatomy Yvonne Episode: "Into You Like a Train"
Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama Herself TV Series Documentary
Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History Herself TV Series Documentary
Behind the Scenes at the Michael Jackson Trial Herself Video Documentary
2005–10 The Boondocks Various characters 8 Episodes
2006 Love, Inc Arsenetta Episode: "Arrested Development"
Reno 911! Kay Kay Episode: "The Junior Brothers"
Class of 3000 Drama Student (voice) Episode: "Peanuts! Get Yer Peanuts!"
Standoff Angela Worthington Episode: "Accidental Negotiator"
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: So Far Herself Video Documentary short
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: Even Further Herself Video Documentary short
2007 Comics Unleashed Herself 2 Episodes
In the Company of Friends Herself TV Special
2008 1st Amendment Stand Up Herself Episode: "Kym Whitley/Ray Lipowski/Steve Brown"
Baisden After Dark Herself Episode: "Shacking Up"
2008–09 'Til Death Tina Recurring Cast: Season 3
2009 An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Patti LaBelle Herself TV Special
Black to the Future Herself TV Series
TV One's Roast and Toast: John Witherspoon Herself TV Special
2009–13 The Cleveland Show Auntie Momma 4 Episodes
2010 Jonas Officer Evie Episode: "And... Action!"
The Brian McKnight Show Herself/Co-Hostess TV Series
Curb: The Discussion Herself Episode: "The Lefty Call"
RnB Live Hollywood presents Herself TV Series
School Pride Herself Main Cast
2010–11 Meet the Browns Yvonne Episode: "Meet the Neighbor" & "Meet the Knock-Off"
2011 A Series of Unfortunate People Dr. Kent Episode: "She's in a Better Place"
Childrens Hospital Black Administrator Episode: "The Black Doctor"
Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Baneequwa Episode: "Show Me on the Doll"
Hot in Cleveland Jada Episode: "Elka's Choice"
Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married Herself TV Special
2011–12 The Life & Times of Tim Tanya Miller 2 Episodes
2011–14 Let's Stay Together Charmaine Wax Recurring Cast, Season 1-2
2011–15 Black Dynamite Honeybee Main Cast
2012–13 Animal Practice Juanita Main Cast
2013 2 Broke Girls Shirley Episode: "And the Big Hole" & "And the Worst Selfie Ever"
Mommy in Chief Herself Episode: "Actress Kym Whitley Talks New Baby & Food Allergies for Kids"
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious Herself TV Series
Exhale Herself Episode: "Entertainment"
The 365Black Awards Herself/Gold Carpet Host TV Special
2013–14 Baby Daddy Margaret Jenson Episode: "Whatever Lola Wants" & "An Affair Not to Remember"
2013–16 Raising Whitley Herself Main Cast
2014 One Love Mrs. Frock Episode: "Tea-Ball"
Mind of a Man Herself/Panelist 4 Episodes
Apollo Night LA Herself/Celebrity Host TV Series
Oprah's Lifeclass Herself Episode: "Oprah, Iyanla, Actress Nia Long & Tyler Perry: The Single Moms Club Part 2"
London Garcia Entertainment Show Herself Episode: "Ernest Borgnine Tribute honoring Joe Mantegna"
The King Assassin Show Herself Main Cast
Life with La Toya Herself Episode: "What Happens in Vegas..." & "The Big Announcement"
TakePart Live Herself/Guest Episode: "Episode #3.19"
2014–18 Young & Hungry Yolanda Main Cast
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Aunt Cudi Episode: "Judy Greer Wears a Navy Blouse and Strappy Sandals"
2015–16 The Bay Big Candi Recurring Cast: Season 4
2016 Kocktails with Khloé Herself Episode: "The Happiest Hour"
It's Not You, It's Men Herself Episode: "The Playbook Exposed"
Botched Herself Episode: "Pinched Perfect"
Celebrity Food Fight Herself Episode: "Greg Grunberg Goes Gooey"
Celebrity Name Game Herself/Celebrity Player Episode: "David Alan Grier & Kym Whitley #1 & #2 & #3"
2017 Master of None Joyce Episode: "Thanksgiving"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Monena Episode: "Never Wait for Seconds!"
2018 Marlon Lovey Episode: "Sisters"
Forever Sharon Recurring Cast
2018–19 Pinky Malinky Mrs. Malinky (voice) Recurring Cast
2019 Fuller House Mayor Boone Episodes: "The Mayor's Bird"
Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition Herself Season 16: Celebrity Edition 5
2019-21 The Neighborhood LaTonya Episode: "Welcome to Bowling" & "Welcome to the Invasion"
2020 Twenties Esther Recurring Cast
blackAF Aunt Nadine Episodes: "yo, between you and me... this is because of slavery"
Two Degrees Kym Episodes: "DATING MYself"
Mr. Iglesias Mrs. Webber Episodes: "Playing Favorites"
2021 Baby Shark's Big Show! Toothfish Fairy (voice) Episodes: "Baby Tooth/Slobber Slug"
Call Your Mother Barbara Episodes: "One Bad Mother"
2021-22 Made For Love Judiff Recurring Cast

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2004 BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office movie Deliver Us From Eva Nominated [1][18]
2016 7th Indie Series Awards Best Guest Actress – Drama The Bay Won [19]
2017 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series The Bay Nominated [20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "BET Honors Urban Comedy During Network's First-Ever Comedy Awards Telecast Hosted by Steve Harvey". BET Press Room. September 3, 2004. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Robinson-Jacobs, Karen (June 8, 2019). "Actress-comedienne Kym Whitley pictures family in her den". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "William Whitley: Biography". The HistoryMakers. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Attanasio, Ed; Gouldsberry, Eric. "Progressive Field". This Great Game. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Okura, Lynn (January 31, 2014). "Kym Whitley Visits Her Old High School Teacher In Cleveland (VIDEO)". HuffPost. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Chumney, Richard (May 6, 2018). "Graduates counseled to pursue passions". The News & Advance. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Wildin' Out Wednesday With Actress/Comedian Kym Whitley". NewsOne Now. February 10, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Don't Feed Me T-Shirts Calm Parents of Allergic Kids". ABC News. March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Swift, Andy (June 25, 2014). "Young & Hungry Stars Preview 'Sexy,' 'Inspiring' New ABC Family Comedy". TVLine. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Fishman, Scott (July 25, 2018). "Emily Osment Says Goodbye to 'Young & Hungry' With the Series Finale". TV Insider. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kym Whitley Lands Daytime Emmy Nomination For 'The Bay'". Houston Style Magazine. March 24, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Jacobs, Matthew (May 17, 2017). "Kym Whitley On Her Breakout 'Master Of None' Episode And Kanye West's Failed HBO Pilot". HuffPost. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Kimble, Lindsay (September 17, 2017). "Lena Waithe's Emmy-Winning Master of None Episode Was Inspired by Her Real-Life Story". People. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Murray, Rheana (March 21, 2013). "Actress launches line of 'Don't Feed Me' T-shirts for kids with allergies". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kym Whitley is a New Mom". Black Celebrity Kids. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  16. ^ "APA Signs 'Raising Whitley's Kym Whitley". Deadline Hollywood. August 13, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  17. ^ "Stars Sign On For Romantic Comedy, '35 and Ticking'". MadameNoire. June 2, 2010.
  18. ^ Holder, Frank; Littleton, Darryl (November 4, 2019). This Day In Comedy: The Ethnic Encyclopedia of Laughter. TrineDay. ISBN 9781634242639. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  19. ^ Newcomb, Roger (April 7, 2016). "WINNERS: 7th Annual Indie Series Awards". We Love Soaps. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Nominations For the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.

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