Kym Whitley

Kym Elizabeth Whitley (born July 21, 1961) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.

Kym Whitley
Whitley at the Comic Con in San Diego, 2011.
Kym Elizabeth Whitley

(1961-07-21) July 21, 1961
Alma materFisk University
OccupationComedian, actress
Years active1992–present
TelevisionRaising Whitley

Early life and education

Whitley was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio to Kaysonia and William Whitley. Her father William Whitley was a founding partner of the black architectural firm of Whitley and Whitley. Whitley and Whitley was involved with work on TOWER CITY CENTER, the CLEVELAND STATE UNIV. Convocation Center, Lincoln Junior High School, the Lee-Harvard Branch of CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, the Central Area Multi-Service Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse development. They were also involved in a joint venture that built Jacobs’s Field (now Progressive Field), home to the Cleveland Indians. She attended Shaker Heights High School (graduating in 1979) and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is member of the Alpha Beta chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.


In 1989, Whitley got her big break starring in Shelly Garrett's popular play Beauty Shop, which started in Los Angeles then later traveled across the U.S. Whitley's major acting roles include the short-lived sitcoms My Brother and Me and Sparks. She made guest appearances on several television sitcoms, including The Parent 'Hood, Married... with Children, Moesha, That's So Raven, The Parkers and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also hosted the short-lived BET show Oh Drama (2000). Whitley also had a small role in Next Friday as Craig's aunt Suga. She was one of the group called "The Adults", who were adult cast members in the earlier seasons of All That. In the early spring of 2010, Whitley was a co-host with R&B musician Brian McKnight on the short-lived talk show The Brian McKnight Show. From 2012 to 2013, Whitley had a recurring role on the BET comedy Let's Stay Together as Charmaine Wax.

Kym's docu-series entitled Raising Whitley on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth most-widely viewed premiere in the history of the network.[1] OWN ordered a second season, which premiered on January 4, 2014.

Whitley joined the cast of the television sitcom Young & Hungry which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2014, where she plays Josh's housekeeper Yolanda.[2] The show ran for five seasons, ending in 2018.[3]

In 2017, she guest starred in the web series The Bay where she played Big Candi. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.[4]

In 2018, she guest starred in the "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None as Denise's aunt Joyce, and sister to Angela Bassett's character.[5] The episode won an Emmy for Best Writing for Master of None's actors Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe[6]


In 2013, Whitley and her friend Rodney Van Johnson launched a line of T-shirts titled "Don't Feed Me". The shirts alert caregivers about children who have specific food allergies.[7][1]

Personal life

Whitley has two older brothers.

In January 2011, Whitley adopted a son.[8][9]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Beverly Hood Nola Washington
2000 Next Friday Auntie Suga
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Party Guest
2001 House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute Judy Harris Jon Jon's Mom
2001 Baby Boy Host
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Ormandy
2003 Love Chronicles Renee
2003 Malibooty! Donna
2004 Up Against the 8 Ball Mrs. Thompson
2004 Along Came Polly Gladys
2005 The Perfect Man Dolores
2005 L.A. Dicks Madame Opal
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane KostMart Training Leader
2005 The Salon Lashaunna
2005 The Golden Blaze Mother Johnson voice
2008 Cuttin' da Mustard
2008 College Road Trip Michelle Porter
2008 The Hustle Miss Tanya
2009 Black Dynamite Honeybee
2009 I Love You, Man Female Co-Worker #1
2009 Donation Cashier Keisha
2010 Something Like a Business Sasha
2010 Sebastian Roxanne
2010 Group Sex Tiffany
2011 35 and Ticking[10] Shavelle
2011 The Life & Times of Tim Tanya
2011 Rango[11] Melonee voice
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Jessica Morgan
2011 We Bought a Zoo Store Clerk
2013 Ticket to Vegas Monik
2013 Anything is Possible Ms. Kim
2014 A Haunted House 2 Church Lady
2017 Fist Fight 911 Operator
2018 The Weekend Karen
TBA Hubie Halloween[12] Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Vinnie & Bobby Glodine 1 episode
1994 My Brother and Me Mrs. Pinckney 5 episodes
1995 The Parent Hood Muriel 1 episode
1995 Martin Louisa 1 episode
1996 Married... with Children Danielle 1 episode
1996–98 Sparks Darice Mayberry Main role
1998 The Wayans Bros. Phyllis 1 episode
1999 Arli$ Susan Caldwell 1 episode
1999 Silk Hope Grace
2000 Grown Ups Kim 1 episode
2000 A Private Affair 2000 "Oh Drama"
2000 Moesha Gertrude ("Gertie") 1 episode
2002 My Wife and Kids Wanda 3 episodes
2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway Ms. Wells
2003 The Proud Family Caramel Jones 1 episode
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Monena 1 episode
2001–04 The Parkers Gertrude ("Gertie") Recurring role
2004 1-800-Missing DEA Agent Dominique Shaw 1 episode
2004 One on One Liza 1 episode
2005 The Catch Honey Commons
2005 That's So Raven Cousin Vicky 2 episodes
2005 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Norlisa 2 episodes
2005 Grey's Anatomy Yvonne 1 episode
2006 Love, Inc Arsenetta 1 episode
2006 Reno 911! Kay Kay 1 episode
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Ms. Attitude
2006 Standoff Angela Worthington 1 episode
2006 Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street Ms. Attitude
2007 Making It Legal Theresa
2008 Crusin for Love with Kym Whitley Herself
2009 The Cleveland Show Auntie Momma 4 episodes
2008-09 'Til Death Tina 4 episodes
2005–10 The Boondocks Various characters Recurring role
2010 Jonas Officer Evie 1 episode
2010–2011 Meet the Browns Yvonne 2 episodes
2010 School Pride Host
2011 2 Broke Girls Shirley 2 Episodes
2011–2015 Black Dynamite Honeybee Main Role
2011-2012 Let's Stay Together Charmaine Wax Recurring Role
2012 Animal Practice Juanita Main Role
2013–16 Raising Whitley Herself Reality Series
2013–2014 Baby Daddy Margaret Jenson "Whatever Lola Wants" & "An Affair Not To Remember"
2014–18 Young & Hungry Yolanda Main role; 5 seasons
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Aunt Cudi 1 episode
2016 Kocktails with Khloé Herself 1 episode
2017 Master of None Joyce Ep. "Thanksgiving"
2018 Marlon Lovey Ep. "Sisters"
2018 K.C. Undercover Craig's future mother-in-law/Her twin sister 1 episode
2018 Braxton Family Values Herself 1 episode
2018 Pinky Malinky Mrs. Malinky (voice) Recurring role
2019 Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition Herself Recurring role
2019 The Neighborhood LaTonya Ep. "Welcome to Bowling"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2004 BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office movie Deliver Us From Eva Nominated
2016 7th Indie Series Awards Best Guest Actress – Drama The Bay Won [13]
2017 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series The Bay Nominated [14]


  1. "Don't Feed Me T-Shirts Calm Parents of Allergic Kids". ABC Blogs. US: ABC News. March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  2. Swift, Andy (June 25, 2014). "Young & Hungry Stars Preview 'Sexy,' 'Inspiring' New ABC Family Comedy". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. "Emily Osment Says Goodbye to 'Young & Hungry' With the Series Finale". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. "Kym Whitley Lands Daytime Emmy Nomination For 'The Bay'". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. Jacobs, Matthew (May 17, 2017). "Kym Whitley On Her Breakout 'Master Of None' Episode And Kanye West's Failed HBO Pilot". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2018 via Huff Post.
  6. "Lena Waithe's Emmy-Winning Master of None Episode Was Inspired by Her Real-Life Story". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. Murray, Rheana. "Actress launches line of 'Don't Feed Me' T-shirts for kids with allergies  - NY Daily News". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. 'Don't Feed Me' T-Shirts Calm Parents of Allergic Kids (March 19, 2013) ABC News, ABC Blogs. Accessed March 19, 2013.
  9. 'Kym Whitley is a New Mom' (February 28, 2011) "Black Celebrity Kids". Accessed March 19, 2013.
  10. "35 and Ticking". May 20, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  11. "Rango". March 4, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  12. N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  13. Newcomb, Roger (April 7, 2016). "WINNERS: 7th Annual Indie Series Awards". We Love Soaps. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  14. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Nominations For the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
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