Debra Terry  -

Debra is a comedienne, actor and producer who has been in the entertainment industry since 1989. Residing in Kernersville , NC (although originally from High Point , NC ), Terry made her comedic debut in Durham, NC (November 1989) when she auditioned to open for Kim Coles (of Living Single and In Living Color).

Debra is described by club owners, promoters and other comics as a “clever and classy” comedian. She deals with everyday life and her own unresolved issues using references from movies, commercials, song parodies and female singer impersonations for a show to remember.

She recently worked one year on the Donnie Simpson Morning Show on WPGC 95.5 FM – in the DC-metro area – helping make them the “#1 morning show.” Her television credits include a recent principal role in Funny Valentines (produced by and starring Alfre Woodard) in which Terry plays a preacher's wife named Mrs. Watts.

Other television appearances include five seasons of Comic View (BET), It's ShowTime at the Apollo (WB), Something Borrowed, Something Blue (CBS), a made-for-television movie in which Terry plays a principal role as an energetic talk show host named Kendel; and Comic Xcape, a comedy show in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Debra has worked with the best comedians and singers in the industry such as Patti LaBelle, Regina Bell, Brian McKnight, Paul Mooney, Mo'Nique, J. Anthony Brown, Chris Rock, George Wallace, Just June, Dennis Miller, Bernie Mac and D L Hughley to name a few. Her performances have been well received across the country in such venues as Comedy Act Theatre, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Comedy Zone, The Funny Bone, Catch a Rising Star, Comedy Spotlight Theatre, Carolina Theatre, University of South Carolina and Spelman College to name a few.

Her technical training consists of acting workshops and scene studies with Nathan Ross Freeman, renowned resident playwright of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and with Larry Leon Hamlin, Producer/Artistic Director of the National Black Theatre Festival. Terry has been cast in numerous commercials and industrial training videos. She recently co-starred in a play entitled C. O. T. O.: Chocolate on the Outside, which was in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival ( Charleston , SC ). Terry made her theatre debut starring in a two-actor, multi-character play entitled The Waiting Room (written by Sharon Agnew and directed by Nathan Ross Freeman) in which her versatile acting allowed her to portray four distinct characters in the “waiting room” of a welfare office.

Debra is the producer/host of a monthly comedy extravaganza, Debra Terry's Comedy All-Stars! in which she brings national comedians to her “neck of the woods.”  Debra shows business savvy by coordinating the talent, advertisement and press releases to ensure successful shows.

She is currently the Co-Host of Greensboro ConnecTV and is in her sixth season of BET's ComicView. Terry works the mike with her energy and wit on Gimme the Mike, NC's version of American Idol.

Terry's versatility as a comedian, actor and singer give her mass appeal. Her down-to-earth personality and eagerness to educate as well as entertain provide a breath of fresh air for all who experience her.

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