Comic, Actor, Writer
Named “One to Watch” by People Magazine, “11 Asian American Comics Who Need to Be on Your Radar” by Entertainment Weekly and highlighted as an entertainer who represents the vast spectrum of storytelling across the industry on the 2022 Power of Pride list from Variety, comedian, actor, writer, and prodigious talent Sherry Cola has proven she can do it all. Cola currently stars as Alice Kwan on Freeform’s critically acclaimed, hit drama series Good Trouble. In film, Cola is set to star in Adele Lim’s upcoming comedy project for Lionsgate and Point Grey Pictures. This year, she was casted in Randall Park’s directorial debut comedy drama, Shortcomings. In animation, Cola will lend her voice to Paramount Animation’s upcoming feature The Tiger’s Apprentice. She was also recently heard in Pixar’s animated feature Turning Red.
Born in Shanghai, China, Cola and her family moved to the United States when she was four and settled in the San Gabriel Valley. She attended California State University – Fullerton, and worked over three years on the campus radio station. After graduation, Cola joined AMP Radio 97.1 FM to eventually launch her own Sunday night show.
Following her success in radio, Cola broadened her artistic career with stand-up comedy and improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. Cola regularly produces new material as a stand-up comedian, recently opening for Arsenio Hall and Ronny Chieng. She performs regularly at Laugh Factory, The Ice House, Hollywood Improv and The Comedy Store, and recently filmed an episode of Funny Dance Show for E! (2020). She is also developing multiple passion projects, including a comedy based on her unique experience in radio. Cola is passionate about discussing the inequalities that exist within her Asian and LGBTQ communities and recently worked with the National Women’s Law Center (Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund) for AAPI Equal Pay Day, to discuss wage gaps and the recent Asian hate crimes in the U.S.