Meet the Comedians of the Second Show of Herlarious
Franklin's career in entertainment wasn't always in stand-up comedy. Originally from Chicago, she made her acting debut at the Illinois Rep Theatre. She then quickly realized her love for acting and went on to pursue an MFA in acting at Syracuse University. She recently acted in the Jim Gaffigan pilot for CBS. Franklin is viciously likeable—if there is such a thing.
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The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Women Who Kill (Showtime)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Scotland's Glasgow Comedy Festival
BBC's The World Stands Up
The Comedy Factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Montreal's Just for Laughs
Ireland's Kilkenny Comedy Festival
Bonnaroo Music Festival
Before comedy, Carmen started off as premed at the College of William & Mary but then realized she didn't want to cut people. Now, as a comedian, she's been seen in the semifinals of two seasons of Last Comic Standing, has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and VH1's 40 Winningest Winners of 2011, and has performed several times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. She's also toured in Spain and Costa Rica, telling jokes in Spanish. Her Web series Apt C3 and her performance dates can be found at CarmenLynch.com.
Carmen Lynch: "I just want to have fun onstage" (VIDEO)
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Last Comic Standing (NBC)
Premium Blend (Comedy Central)
Barbara Walters' Special (ABC)
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsche (CNBC)
Laugh Riots (Comedy Central)
40 Winngingest Winners of 2011 (VH1)
Apt C3 (Web)
Latino Laugh Festival (NuvoTV)
She-Devil Comedy Festival (2012 winner)
HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival
Great American Comedy Festival
Boston Comedy Festival
Tracey Ashley: I am a storyteller (VIDEO)
Last Comic Standing (Season 7 semifinalist)
Prime Movies (TV Land, co-host)
NickMom Night Out (TBD Season 2)
Rooftop Comedy Festival
HBO/TBS Las Vegas Comedy Festival (Lucky 21 Show)
NACA national and regional showcase selection (2006–present)
APCA national and regional showcase selection
Performed at over 100 colleges and universities
After a scene-stealing run as the hilarious wisecracking secretary on the UPN comedy series Sparks, Whitley became a staple on television, guest-starring on popular shows such as Grey's Anatomy, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm (which got her Emmy nods), Lifetime's 1-800-Missing, Disney's That's So Raven, ABC's My Wife and Kids, UPN's Love Inc., The Parkers, The Boondocks on the Cartoon Network, Fox's The Cleveland Show, 'Til Death, BET's Let's Stay Together and ABC's Animal Practice. Currently, Whitley is the voice of Honeybee on Black Dynamite: The Animated Series.
Proving she isn't just another pretty face, Whitley created and co-hosted her own evening talk show on BET entitled Oh Drama! Other hosting credits include The Brian McKnight Show (in syndication) and the NBC show School Pride.
These same qualities have made her an in-demand big-screen player, starring alongside some of Hollywood's elite, such as Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Martin Lawrence, Ice Cube and Eddie Murphy. Whitley's past credits include box office hits We Bought a Zoo, Rango, Fun with Dick and Jane, Along Came Polly, The Perfect Man, I Love You, Man, Deliver Us from Eva, College Road Trip, Next Friday, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Black Dynamite and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In addition to her television and film appearances, Whitley continues to perform sidesplitting stand-up routines throughout the world. Presently, she hosts Ladies' Night Live at the Comedy Union in Los Angeles. She also owns and operates Kwick Whit Productions and has produced several projects, including Love Chronicles, Cruising for Love with Kym Whitley and the feature-length film 35 and Ticking. With all this talent, it comes as no surprise that Whitley's career continues to flourish with several upcoming television and movie projects.
Whitley's personal passions include raising her adorable son that she adopted in 2011, as well as giving back to her community and causes that touch her heart. As a result, she donates her time and talents to as many fundraisers that her schedule permits. A few of her passions are HBCUs (Historically Back Colleges and Universities), women's shelters, victims' rights and anything having to do with children. Whitley started her own nonprofit called Comics 4 Kids, which she has used to host toy drives during Christmas and celebrity basketball on the East Coast.
Kym E. Whitley maintains true love and dedication to her industry. Look for this phenomenal and talented woman to be around Hollywood for a long time to come.