21 questions

Sherri Shepherd Gets Mistaken for Oprah by the Gyro Guy

Name: Sherri Evonne Shepherd
Age: Fine, thank you.
Neighborhood: Harlem
Occupation: Mother, Co-host, Actress, Stand-up Comedian; Tonight she hosts Montefiore Medical Center’s Celebrate Montefiore Gala at the Waldorf Astoria.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Bette Midler. She’s ballsy, funny, in your face, and you just wanna be like her.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Gyros at the street vendors. [I go to the one on] Sixth Ave and 19th Street — right in front of Men’s Wearhouse. Every time I go there, he thinks I’m Oprah.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Run my damn mouth.

What was your first job in New York?
I moved here for The View.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
The Mountaintop. I was in awe. I didn’t know that many church groups could fit into one theater.

Do you give money to panhandlers?

What’s your drink?
Diet Pepsi.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
I am laughing hysterically — that’s why I got married.

What’s your favorite medication?
Anything fertility related.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
A picture of Jeffrey kissing me. My makeup artist Karen took it of us at The Newlywed Game. It was a tender moment between my son and I.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I can’t answer that — I wear wigs!

When’s bedtime?
Between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
New. If you loving watching people, which I do, it’s a great place to be an observer. Although I do miss the porn shops.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
I lived in his building and they never fixed my leaky faucet.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Everywhere I go, I end up walking through something wet.

Who is your mortal enemy?
That voice inside me that answers to the name Sherri.

When’s the last time you drove a car?
Two weeks ago in L.A.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
Before the crash, my ex used to say “don’t worry about it, everything is fine.” Now, being on my own, I have to pay a lot more attention.

Times, Post, or Daily News?

Where do you go to be alone?
My bathtub with as many candles as the New York fire code will allow.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
I love the honesty of New Yorkers. When a New Yorker says “let’s do lunch,” they actually mean it. In L.A., when they say “let’s do lunch,” they’re just trying to say good-bye.

Sherri Shepherd Gets Mistaken for Oprah by the Gyro Guy