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Coles, Kim 1966–

COLES, Kim 1966–


Full name, Kimberley Coles; born January 11, 1966, in Brooklyn, NY. Education: Attended North Carolina Central University.

Addresses: Agent—Abrams Artists Agency, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actress, comedienne, writer, and producer. Performed stand–up comedy at nightclubs; toured U.S. cities as an opening act for the comedian Sinbad and for the musicians Luther Vandross, Bobby Brown, and the O'Jays; performed as a warm–up act for The Cosby Show; appeared in television commercials for Burger King, c. late 1980s–early 1990s, and Sears, 2004. Worked as a model; participated in beauty pageants.

Awards, Honors: Image Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1996, 1997, 1998, all for Living Single; Image Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, 2001, for Frasier.


Television Appearances; Series:

In Living Color, Fox, 1989–90.

Synclaire James, Living Single (also known as My Girls), Fox, 1993–98.

Hollywood Squares, 1998.

Host, New Attitudes, Lifetime, 1999.

Judy Owens, The Geena Davis Show, ABC, 2000.

Panelist, To Tell the Truth, syndicated, 2001.

Herself, Celebrity Mole: Hawaii, ABC, 2003.

Herself, Coming to the Stage, Black Entertainment Television, 2003.

Herself, Celebrity Fit Club, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Herself, Retrosexual: The 80's (documentary), VH1, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Aerobics instructor, The Sports Comedy Network, CBS, 1990.

Motown 30: What's Goin' On!, CBS, 1990.

Six Ladies Laughing, Lifetime, 1990.

Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live ... Almost, ABC, 1991.

The 19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1992.

Fox Fall Preview Party (also known as Fox Fall Preview Special), Fox, 1995.

Cohost, MTV's Spring Break '95, MTV, 1995.

Presenter, The 28th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1997.

Cohost, Bringin' in the Holidays with Bebe Winans and Friends, 1997.

Celebrity Weddings InStyle, Lifetime, 1998.

Comics Come Home 4, Comedy Central, 1998.

Herself, Headliners & Legends: Halle Berry (documentary), MSNBC, 2001.

Herself, Biography: Kim Fields: A Little Somethin' Somethin' (documentary), 2001.

Celebrity test taker, Test the Nation, Fox, 2003.

Herself, BET Comedy Awards, Black Entertainment Television, 2004.

Black in the '80s, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Bonquisha, "Baby You Can Drive My Car," Martin, 1993.

Synclaire James, "Christmas," The Crew, Fox, 1995.

Host, Mad TV, Fox, 1996.

Deandra, "Deandra and Them," The Show, 1996.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Guest host, Fox after Breakfast, 1997.

Dr. Mary, "Something about Dr. Mary," Frasier, NBC, 2000.

Dr. Mary, "Mary Christmas," Frasier, NBC, 2000.

Herself, "Comedians #3 Special," Weakest Link, NBC, 2001.

Herself, "Revenge of the Jedi Geeks," Rendez–Vous, 2001.

Dolores, "The Liar and the Whore," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2002.

Leilani Jones, "Give'm an Inch, They'll Throw a Rave," One on One, UPN, 2002.

Florence, "That's What Friends Are For," The Parkers, UPN, 2003.

Leilani Jones, "Checkmate Daddy," One on One, UPN, 2003.

Leilani Jones, "PTAmore," One and One, UPN, 2003.

Guest judge, Star Search, syndicated, 2003.

Host, Good Day Live, 2003.

Correspondent, On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Guest cohost, Good Day L.A., Fox, 2004.

Ms. Lane, "Resolutions," My Wife and Kids, 2004.

Leilani Jones, "We'll Take Manhattan," One on One, UPN, 2004.

Leilani Jones, "Follow That Car," One on One, UPN, 2004.

Judge, "New York Semi–Finals," Last Comic Standing, 2004.

Celebrity judge, Steve Harvey's "Big Time Challenge" (also known as Big Time), The WB, 2004.

Also appeared as performer and guest host, It's Showtime at the Apollo, NBC; iYo! MTV Laffs, MTV; Friday Night Videos, NBC; London Underground.

Film Appearances:

Millicent, Strictly Business, Warner Bros., 1991. Kids in America, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Sinbad and Friends All the Way Live ... Almost, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, 1991.

Homework (one–woman show), West Hollywood Coast Playhouse and Actors' Gang Theatre, Hollywood, CA, then HERE Arts Center, New York City, 1997, later Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ, 1999.

Stage Work:

Producer, Homework, U.S. cities, 1997–99.



I'm Free, But It'll Cost You: The Single Life according to Kim Coles, Hyperion Books, 1997.


(With Charles Randolph–Wright) Homework (one–woman show), produced at West Hollywood Coast Playhouse and Actors' Gang Theatre, Hollywood, CA, then HERE Arts Center, New York City, 1997, later Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ, 1999.



Broadcasting and Cable, September 7, 1998, p. 39.

Entertainment Weekly, May 13, 1994, pp. 30–33.

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