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
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.