One of the founding members of the L.A. Groundlings (among the first 12), Cherie appeared in many sketches, including founder, Gary Austin’s favorite all time sketch: “Blair House.” Over the years, she has served on the Alumni Committee and directed and produced a handful of alternative format shows.
Kerr is the mother of Drake Doremus, a filmmaker whose movie, "Like Crazy", won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2011. Doremus grew up on the Orange County Crazies stage as a performer, writer and director before attending AFI (the youngest to be accepted and graduate from there at the time).
A publicist since 1974, Kerr scored the first Groundlings review by the L.A. Times critic, Sylvie Drake. Today, she serves as president at KerrPR, an award-winning boutique P.R. firm based in Santa Ana. Kerr started a sister company to KerrPR in 1983—ExecuProv, a company that teaches presentation and communication skills (using many of the rigors of improv comedy). She has an enviable list of Fortune 100 and 500 clients, among them: Toyota, Southern California Edison, Allergan, Ingram Micro, Black and Decker, the Hilton and Marriott hotel chains and Nissan, to name but a few. ExecuProv also offers its services to various governmental and educational institutions including: The State Bar of California, the Los Angeles D.A. and City Attorneys offices and the Orange County California Juvenile Court System. Kerr also teaches at USC, Otis College, UCI and Chapman graduate schools; the West Point Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
In 1990, Kerr founded the Orange County Crazies, a troupe patterned after the Groundlings, which has received rave reviews for both its sketch and improv comedy shows. She continues to serve as the company’s Artistic Director. Later that year, she was named One of the Top Ten Most Sensational People in Orange County (along side Michael Eisner) by Orange Coast Magazine for her work with the Crazies.
Author of 12 books, Kerr was named among the winners of the New York Book Festival for 2011, for Charlie’s Notes: A Memoir—a book about her father’s life as a jazz musician. Two of her books, Build to Laugh: How to Write Sketch Comedy with the Fast and Funny Formula, and, “Who’s There?” The Sketch and Improv Comedy Players Guide to Conceiving, Creating and Developing Original Characters continue to sell well. Writer of two screenplays, and a full-length musical, she has written a collection of short stories, due out early 2012, and more than 400 sketches over the years. In 1991, her sketch, “Too Much Shoulder Pad,” was named the top comedy sketch of the year by the Los Angeles Times.
Kerr is the proud mother of three and grandmother of five.