Kerri Pomarolli doesn’t want to labeled, but she knows exactly who she is and what she was made to do.
“The thing about me,” Kerri Pomarolli begins, “is that I’m a faith-based comedian, but I also do a lot of work in the secular world.” The Los Angeles-based motivational speaker, author, comedian and actress has racked up a slew of noteworthy gigs—including 29 appearances on “The Tonight Show,” more than 75 stage productions and dozens of big-name corporate conferences. She’s managed to amass a sizable following through performing her signature material that is at once laugh-out-loud funny and also totally clean. In fact, she’s been dubbed “Hollywood’s favorite clean comedian”—but that doesn’t mean the Dearborn, Michigan, native wants to be exclusively defined by her faith.
“This might be controversial, but I don’t like the [term] ‘Christian comedian,’” she explains. “It’s like saying you’re a Christian plumber. I’m not ashamed to be a Christian. I go on TV in front of millions of people and profess my faith. But I think sometimes [people] think because I’m a Christian my comedy is going to be preachy or inappropriate for people who are not of my faith to laugh at.”
For Pomarolli, though, the paths to both comedy and God weren’t all that divergent.
“I was doing improv comedy at [Hollywood comedy club] The Second City, and felt compromised by the material I was asked to participate in,” she explains. “It got to the point where I thought: I can’t do it anymore.” She describes the turning point as a “God moment,” where she felt like the voice of God was telling her she didn’t have to choose between her faith and her love of comedy.
With 12 years as a professional comic under her belt now, Pomarolli is more certain than ever this is the role God intended her to play. “As my faith grew offstage, my boldness grew onstage,” she adds. “The next thing you knew, I’m praying for people… I was seeing it in my own personal life that God had given me a heart to be a prayer warrior.”