Actress, comedienne, author, playwright and TV personality Kim Coles is truly a renaissance woman. Known for her zany characters and outrageous sense of humor, Coles began her journey to Hollywood when she was announced as the runner-up in a “Big Beautiful Woman” pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She turned her pageant success into a plus-size modeling career and began performing as a stand-up comedienne, which ultimately led to a showbiz career that has continued to skyrocket.
Coles is best recognized for her five-season turn as the unforgettable “Synclaire” on FOX’s groundbreaking comedy series Living Single. She’s also appeared in numerous hit television programs, including Frasier, Six Feet Under, In Living Color, One on One and the uproarious TBS comedy series 10 Items Or Less. Kim was the co-host of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show In the Loop with iVillage, and she’s been a guest co-host for shows including The View, The Talk and Good Day Live. She was the host of BET’s My Black is Beautiful, a show that was part of a national initiative sponsored by Proctor & Gamble celebrating the diverse, collective beauty of African-American women. Kim is also no stranger to reality audiences, having appeared in seasons of The Mole and VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. Coles later added game show host to her extensive resume with BET’s Pay it Off, becoming the first African-American woman to host a primetime game show. She returned to hosting duties again last year as the co-host of Are You Normal, America? on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
A well-known comedienne, Coles continues to bring her fresh take on love, life and laughter to comedy club stages across the nation. She has co-written and starred in her own award-winning play, Homework, a one-woman stage show about the lives of three best friends who progress from elementary school to womanhood. Her newest solo piece – “Oh, But Wait… There’s More!” – chronicles the ebb and flow of her Hollywood life. The show has been touring all over the country and was called "riotous & fresh" by backstage.com
Coles is also an author, having written the best-selling book “I’m Free But it Will Cost You: The Single Life According to Kim Coles.” Her latest book, "Gratitude Journal," inspires others to create and practice an ongoing attitude of gratitude that will take you from “striving to thriving” in your life.
With her latest venture as a speaker, Kim is taking that same guiding spirit and empowering people, combining comedy and inspiration in a transformational program called G.I.F.T.S., designed to inspire you to discover your own true “gifts” so you may share them with the world.
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