Who Is Loni Love? Detail About The Comedian Real Name, Net worth, And Personal Life

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Loni Love is an Emmy Award-winning talk show host and a former electrical engineer.
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Emmy Award-winning talk show host Loni Love is an American comedian, television presenter, actress, writer, and former electrical engineer. She was a runner-up on Star Search in 2003 and was dubbed one of the "10 Best Comics" by Variety and Comedy Central in 2009.

She is one of the co-hosts of the total daytime talk show as well. The Real association was established on July 15, 2013.

Loni Love Wiki: Parents And Education

The talk show host was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 14, 1971. Loni Love's real name is Yolanda Gill. Her ethnicity is African-American and her star sign is Cancer. She spent her childhood growing up in the Brewster Douglass Housing Projects. As of 2022, Loni's age is 50 years old.

Not much information is available on Loni's parents and siblings. Before her profession as a comedian, she was an electrical engineer, an experience she mentions a lot in her acts. After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1989, she worked for a time on the General Motors assembly line.

Love then earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. At Prairie View, she studied music and was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta's Eta Beta chapter. There, she discovered stand-up comedy after winning a $50 contest, then performed regularly throughout her college life.

Professional Life And Job

After landing a job as an engineer at Xerox in California, she continued to take classes after work at clubs and became a regular at Laugh Factory.  After eight years at Xerox, Love quit to pursue comedy during layoff so others didn't lose their jobs.  

Love did a series on VH1 called I Love in the 2000s, in which she gave her perspective on pop culture highlights. She was also a panelist on the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately. Love was also featured in one episode of Sweep Supermarket on July 24, 2000.


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Love began her comedic career in 2003, after appearing on Star Search. She had reached the finals there and lost in close competition with rival John Roy. Since then, Loni has appeared in many films and numerous TV shows. 

Loni Love was named "Hot Comic" by Campus Activity magazine in 2009 and one of the "10 Best Comics to Watch" by both Variety and Comedy Central. She also received the Jury Prize for the best stand-up at the 2003 US Comedy Arts Festival.

In 2008, Love became a CNN correspondent for D. L. Hughley Breaks the News. Additionally, Loni also covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama. At the end of 2009, Love taped her first Comedy Central special, America's Sister, which aired on May 8, 2010. In July 2013, she launched her first comedy advice book titled"Love Him Or Leave Him But Don't Get Stuck With The Tab". The book was published by Simon & Schuster.

In 2015, she appeared in the comedy movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which starred Kevin James, and the action film Bad Asses on the Bayou, with Danny Trejo and Danny Glover.

Loni Love's Career As A Host

Since 2013, Love has been one of the co-hosts of the talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry. After premiering on July 15, 2013, on Fox Television, The Real was picked up as a series the following year.

She also won the ninth season of Worst Cooks in America in 2016 that gifted her $50,000 for the charity of her choice. In 2018, Love and her Real Life co-hosts were awarded the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertaining Talk Show Host.

During the Covid pandemic in 2020, Love hosted an Instagram Live show with the hashtag #quarantinewithloni. Love's show attracted between 50,000 and 100,000 viewers.

As of January 2021, Love has been a recurring guest judge on Season 13 of Rupaul's Drag Race.

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Loni Love's Personal Life: Husband And Marriage

The famous comedian isn't married to anyone thus far so she doesn't have a husband. But Loni is far from being single either. She is currently dating actor James Welsh. They have been in a healthy relationship for while now. Even though rumors about Loni being engaged to James had surfaced in the past, the duo is yet to put the ring on their finger. 


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The 50-year-old first met her boyfriend James on a dating app back in 2018. Nearly 4 years down the line the couple is still going strong. Loni also revealed that she was the first African-American Welsh had ever dated! Loni and James get along very well and often engage in goofy and amusing gags.

In a session with talk-show-host Tamron Hall, Loni explained she doesn't need marriage as she is an independent woman. Loni further clarified that she wasn't anti-marriage but that she just chose a different lane in life. For now, she is happy, content, and in love with James welsh and that is all that matters for Loni.

Net worth And Social Media

As of February 2022, Loni Love's net worth is estimated to be $3 Million. She accumulated most of her fortune from her career as a comedian, a social media influencer, and her role as a host in various TV Shows. Loni's career continues to grow and we are sure her net worth will be even more in the coming days.

The comedian is on Instagram as comiclonilove and has a massive follower count of 1.6M. Loni also has her website which you can check out here. Likewise, Loni also uses Twitter where she has 397.1K followers. The Real Talk host is also on Facebook although she doesn't seem to use it.