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Kerri Pomarolli

Kerri Pomarolli


Born in Dearborn, Michigan, Kerri Pomarolli found her comedic calling at the tender age of 2. She figured out how to tell jokes and became addicted to making people laugh. (If only her parents would have pushed her into math instead!)

Kerri's Southern Alabama mother had different plans for her and enrolled her immediately in dance classes where Kerri found a way to express her other talent. She was well on her way to becoming a professional dancer when difficult obstacles surfaced. At age 11 Kerri was diagnosed with Scoliosis and went through extensive and painful treatment, culminating in a spinal fusion surgery that placed two metal rods in her back, allowing her to live a normal life. Her dreams for a ballet or dance career, however, were over.

Devastated but determined, she decided to try acting. Kerri got the phone book and called the local theater company and said: "Hello, my name is Kerri Pomarolli. I'm 11 and I want to be an actress." She auditioned and was cast in the lead role of Mary Tilford in Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour." This experience gave her the theater bug and the rest is history. She's appeared in more than 75 stage productions coast to coast, including off Broadway in NYC at the Lambs Theater. Other theater productions include "Leader of the Pack" in NYC, "Godspell" in Los Angeles, and the musicals "EVITA" and "Robber Bridegroom" in Detroit.

Her accomplishments continued through high school performances in theater, musicals and commercials. She toured Italy with a classical theater study program through the University of Detroit and performed in the Greek Operetta "The Bacchae" in Italy at the age of 17.

After college Kerri moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She graduated from the two-year program at Second City and performed on the main stage in LA with "The Thompsons" for a season. She also studied at the Groundlings for Improv and joined the award winning theater ensemble, "The Actors Co-op." Kerri paired up with known television actor Gary Hershberger to co-found the inspirational drama ministry "Act In Faith" and got rave reviews for their honest and heartfelt dramas on life's tough issues. They have performed at the National Pastors Conference and around the country.

Kerri came to Hollywood searching out that one role that would make her famous but found compromising her faith was not worth the star on the Walk of Fame. One night after much prayer it was apparent that God had other plans for her: Kerri was to do stand-up. She was led to her first real gig, in all places, at the world famous Hollywood Improv. Although she performed in front of a very secular crowd Kerri was the only performer asked to come back. Little did she know the comedian at the ticket booth who offered to pray for her would someday become her husband.

In addition to writing and comedy, Kerri has a passion for ministry. She not only serves as a secular clean comedian, but in Christian venues as well. She is a well-received speaker and evangelist for retreats and church services of all sizes. "I think I knew I had a call to preach the gospel, but I resisted until I couldn't help myself. Now if I'm given the opportunity to share what God has done in my life and how amazing this ride has been, I'm on fire! Saturday night I might be in Hollywood on a movie set and Sunday morning I might be preaching in Indiana. That is what makes this life so exciting!"