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How Sheryl Underwood Achieved a Net Worth of $8 Million

Sheryl Underwood

Sheryl Patrice Underwood has been a host on The Talk since 2011, but that wasn't where her career started. This dynamic, funny comedian and outstanding actress has numerous credits to her name. In addition to her entertainment achievements, Sheryl holds four honorary doctorates, the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., the University of Illinois-Chicago, Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C, and South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. How did Sheryl Underwood achieve a net worth of $8 Million? Read on, and we'll break it down for you.

Early Career

Despite her somewhat youthful looks, Sheryl Underwood is 58 years old, and she's been actively involved as a comedian since 1988. That's a long time accumulating wealth and fame. She has managed both with unwavering dedication. Let's look at her early efforts first. Long before she was a comedian or a host on a Daytime Emmy Award-winning show, Sheryl was a motivated young woman. Her first adult job out of high school was not as glamorous as her current circumstances. In 1981 Sheryl graduated from high school in Atwater, California. She almost immediately went from there to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to train as an Air Force field medic. She spent two years in the reserves. No one gets rich from being enlisted, but it was a good, disciplined start for this brilliant and hilarious woman. In 1989 Sheryl entered and subsequently won the Miller Lite Comedy Search. She was the first female finalist in history. It was that moment that helped propel her career into comedy stardom. In 1994 Sheryl won the BET Funniest Female Comedian on Comic View Award. She would go on to do years of standup and even worked in a few Hollywood films. According to David Vergun's feature article for the Department of Defense, she was in 1998's I Got The Hook-Up.

The Comedy, TV & Movies in the 2000s

Sheryl Underwood was a frequent performer on the 'HBO's 'Def Comedy Jam' in the early 2000s. In 2001 she was in Nikki. However, she more-famously played Catfish Rita in the beloved 2005 movie Beauty Shop. Standup and film work is excellent, but it was only the beginning for Sheryl. The same year as Beauty Shop came out, she won the Platinum Mic Viewers Choice Award from BET Comedy. Meanwhile, in 2010 she was on Martin Lawrence's First Amendment Standup special. In 2013 the actress and comedian was on The Millers, and the following year she had a role in Lisa Kudrows' The Comeback. 2016 was a busy year for this brilliant woman as she took parts in Supergirl and The Odd Couple. Then in 2018, Sheryl had a Role in the sitcom Happy Together for the episode called The Power of Yes Men, which aired on December 3rd. Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump is a fun cooking show with special guests who sometimes bring a lot to the table. In 2021 Sheryl brought her sense of humor as the hostess served a traditional English roast and some Spotted Dick. The jokes practically write themselves given the menu, but Sheryl was her usual charming and hilarious self.

The Talk & Other Hosting Work

The Talk isn't Sheryl Underwood's only hosting job, though it has been her longest-standing position in that role so far. 2019 was another hectic year as Sheryl hosted a short run but incredible show called Wrap Battle. On this show, people who specialize in package wrapping for all occasions competed to show off their skills and win prizes. As TV Guide points out, Sheryl hosted the 47th and 48th Daytime Emmy Awards. However, this busy and brilliant woman didn't stop there. In addition to hosting a daytime TV show, she also has The Sheryl Underwood Podcast, where she covers topics like news, music, and sports.

Weight Loss Successes

The pandemic has been hard on people in many ways, but weight gain can affect your long-term health. When Sheryl started losing weight last year, people certainly took notice. It turns out some of those people were sponsors. According to Reality Titbit, "Sheryl revealed she has lost almost 50 pounds in weight. A conversation on The Talk saw her reveal that she was as high as 230 pounds. The 5 ft 4 star now often promotes digestive wellness brand Metacumil, which aims to help adults feel lighter and more energetic. The host revealed that her weight loss came from five factors: good sleep, movement, meditation, prayer, and drinking water." Getting an endorsement deal with a major company will undoubtedly add to your wealth. Plus, getting healthier and finding more energy as a result of her lifestyle changes means Sheryl will get to enjoy that well-earned success and the income from it for longer.

Other Achievements

With so much going on, it's hard to imagine Sheryl has any time for herself or other pursuits. However, she is also the Founder of the Pack Rat Foundation For Education (PRFFE), which raises awareness and funds for all 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Not only does this incredible, eloquent, and highly educated woman make money for herself, but she makes the time to give back as well. Most people are happy making occasional small donations. However, as a multi-degreed, multiple honorary doctorates holding scholar, Sheryl wasn't about to settle for less than her best. Still, fundraising for over a hundred schools while still holding down a TV and podcast career is a lot of work.

Final Thoughts

It seems Sheryl is as genuine and motivated as a person can get. Her money, the part she keeps anyhow, comes from a deeply ingrained sense of willingness to work every hour of the day. She has worked long and tirelessly to earn her fortune. From her early career days as the first female finalist in 1989's Miller Lite Comedy Search to her latest episode of The Talk. One thing is certain, this brilliant dynamo is not done going places. Although she recently signed a multi-year renewal that will keep her on The Talk through season 15, we don't doubt we'll see even more from her soon.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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