Luenell is a force of nature. This talented comedienne, actress and singer, was born in Tollette, Arkansas, a town whose population barely registers with the U.S. census. At the tender age of 10, she caught the acting bug after seeing the plays South Pacific and Ain’t S’posed to Die a Natural Death. She enrolled in theatre classes at the grade school level and continued to study through college and cut her teeth at the Oakland Ensemble Theatre.
In March of 1995, Luenell’s mom passed away and one month later she
discovered she was pregnant. Some months later, a beautiful daughter
Da’Nelle was born and she is the joy of her life, her “miracle child” as
Luenell puts it. Not long after this however, Luenell got a rude awakening. Luenell
was sentenced to 365 days in jail for a series of indiscretions taken
while working at a bank months earlier. It played out like an episode of
Lil’ Kim on Court TV. She eventually served just over 4 months.
These days, Luenell’s life is on track. Her star continues to rise
due to her appearances in television, film and music videos. Best know
for her breakthrough role as the “hooker with the heart of gold” in the
blockbuster comedy of 2006 “Borat” – Luenell is recognized by both
mainstream AND urban sectors of the population. Her two-year tour and
DVD appearances in “Katt Williams American Hustle” have created an
almost cult-like following.
Luenell had an amazing 2012 with appearances in three #1 feature
films – “Think Like A Man” with Arielle Kebell and Meagan Good, 3D
animated hit “Hotel Transylvania” with Adam Sandler, and “Taken 2” with
Liam Neeson. She also starred in the hilarious comedy “That’s My Boy”
with Adam Sandler and Leighton Meester. Luenell hasn’t been short on television appearances either with
recent episodes of “The Middle” and “Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” as
well as stand-up appearances on “Snoop Dog’s Bad Girls of Comedy” on
SHOWTIME and “Stand-up In Stilettos” on the TV Guide Network.
Luenell is living her dream. With such an intriguing past, one would
wonder how can she be so funny, but it’s just that…life. Her
reputation as a comic superstar continues to flourish, “…comedy
demolition machine” (EURweb report) “a sidesplitting high wired act
without a net…” (Scoop LA), “…comedy to die for.” (Metro LA) “…one of
the top 25 funniest people in LA (Los Angeles Magazine) and the
accolades continue to roll.