From Oakland to Hollywood — comedian and actress Luenell shares her career journey and dreams
"I’m cut out for late night. I’ve certainly been trained for it by the experiences I had in Soul Beat Television Network."Luenell
Before making it in Hollywood, comedian and actress Luenell got her start on stages right here in the Bay Area. Luenell grew up in Oakland and Casto Valley. Her fanbase began growing when she was a regular host and VJ on Soul Beat. The Oakland-based station was the nation’s first Black-owned cable TV network.
Luenell, the self-proclaimed “Original Bad Girl of Comedy,” has been in major films such as "Dolemite is My Name" and "A Star Is Born." She was introduced to a wider audience in the 2006 film "Borat." Now she's working on making her late-night hosting dreams a reality.
In this interview, Luenell talks about her career, lack of safety for comedians on stage, being a woman in comedy and more.