Kym Whitley Opens Up About Her Family Doubting Her, Being Fired By Arsenio Hall, The FBI Following Her and Her Emotional Health Through It All on Uncensored
Actress and comedienne Kym Whitley is telling all about her journey to fame and success on the critically acclaimed raw and unscripted television series UNCENSORED.
The Award-winning comedian and actress was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and Khartoum, Sudan. She was a clever and creative child, but she didn’t realize she wanted to be a performer until she went to college at Fisk University.
Kym’s family was doubtful, but supportive of her acting career. It was their doubt that fueled her to make the leap to Hollywood.
While waiting for her big break, she worked as a Soul Train Dancer, a teacher, and she was also hired as Arsenio Hall’s assistant. Kym landed her first acting role when she was cast for the television show Vinnie & Bobby in 1992.
After that, the roles continued to trickle in, starting with Nickelodeon’s first black sitcom, My Brother & Me. She appeared on Martin, The Parent ’Hood, and Married With Children before landing her first role as a series regular on the show Sparks in 1998.
As Kym continued her rise in Hollywood, she added stand up comedienne to her resume. Kym’s first big movie was Ice Cube’s Next Friday in 2000.
Kym won ‘Best Guest Actress – Drama’ for her role in ‘The Bay’ at the 2016 Indie Series Awards. She has also been a nominee for the BET Comedy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards.
In 2011, She adopted her son Joshua, chronicling her journey as a new mom on her own show, Raising Whitley.
In 2020, she joined her friend and fellow comedienne Sherri Shepherd to release the podcast, Two Funny Mamas. More recently, Kym can be seen on Twenties or comedy tours around the country.
Tune in to the original, autobiographical series UNCENSORED as actress and comedienne Kym Whitley shares how she kept her emotional health intact through accusations, troubled relationships with family and friends, and more this Sunday, September 19 at 10 PM ET/9C on TV One.
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