By// Mariah Craddick
Veteran funnywoman Sheryl Underwood was all smiles and hugs when she paid a special visit to the JET office. It was impressive that she had time to spare with us while in Chicago, given her long line of duties—including co-host of The Talk, guest star on The Young and the Restless, contributor on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, producer—oh, and of course, comedienne extraordinaire.
Despite all of what’s on her plate, Underwood keeps abreast of what’s going on in the news and shared her true feelings on a host of topics, ranging from her obsession with soap operas and why, even as a Republican, she still supports Obama.
On The Talk gig:
“It’s great to be working with some of the most phenomenal women in the world. We all truly get along. We can agree to disagree without being disrespectful—not saying that anybody else is disrespectful.”
On being one of the few Black faces on daytime television:
“If there hadn’t been a Whoopi Goldberg and a Sherri Shepherd together on The View, there wouldn’t have been a me and Aisha Tyler. I think Aisha and I represent two versions of the African-American female.”
Her obsession with soaps:
“I’m addicted to soap operas and serial dramas. I’ve been watching soap operas as far back as when All My Children started the first night. General Hospital, One Life to Live… when Stefano was on Days of Our Lives. Remember Stefano? And remember when Marlena was possessed by the devil? I didn’t like that, but I knew what they were trying to do!”
Her guest appearance on The Young and the Restless:
“When they told me I was going to be on the show, I was like, ‘Oh, my God! As what?’ And they were like, ‘You’re going to act.’ And I said, ‘Oh, shoot! I can’t act! I’m going to lose my good Talk job!’ But everybody was so nice. I didn’t know anything, but they taught me and helped me along.”
Her feelings on the 2012 election:
“I’m rooting for President Obama to win. We have to support him. We need to join forces and do what we did in 2008—we made history. Now we need to flex our power to let them know we want to keep him in for the things that we believe in.”
Why she says “yes” to Obama:
“He has done more with less. He’s done everything we want our President to do and things are getting better. They may not be getting better fast enough, but look at what he was up against. I’m not saying he’s done everything perfect; I’m still a Republican. But I’m a Jackie Robinson, Mr. John H. Johnson kind of Republican.”
Why she says “no” to Romney:
“I support Romney as a businessman, but I believe Obama is a better leader for our country. Maybe he should give his resume to Obama to be in the commerce department. And Ryan is an unusual individual. What they’re talking about is great, but as far as you being President? Not today.”
Sheryl will be performing at the UP Comedy Club in Chicago Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th. Click here for more information.