Moms Mabley

For Black History Month, I had to blog about the late Jackie “Moms” Mabley. I couldn’t end Black History Month without talking about her. I grew up listening to her comedy records.

Moms Mabley was a stand up comedian whose comedy roots started in the Chitlin Circuit. Moms Mabley and her stand up acts were in a class of its own. She was sharp, blunt, honest, but she would also have you in tears from laughing so hard.

Born as Loretta Mary Aiken in 1894, Moms Mabley used comedy to deal with her tragic childhood. At the age of 11, she was raped by an elderly Black man and when she was 13, she was raped by a White sheriff. At the urging of her grandmother, Moms Mabley ran away and ended up joining the traveling minstrel show that starred the infamous comedy duo Butterbeans and Susie.

Determined not to allow her painful past to stifle her, Moms Mabley went on to make an incredible name for herself. A name that was echoed and still echoed worldwide. Moms Mabley has often been imitated, but she will never be duplicated. She is the original Queen of Comedy.

If you want a good laugh that will leave you in tears, click here. You can thank me later. 👌🏾.

Until next time….

One of the Funniest

One of the Funniest!

I was watching a TV One documentary on Martin Lawrence, one of the funniest men in show business. Martin got his start as a comedian doing stand up comedy for Def Jam  before making it big on television and in movies. Who can forget him playing Sheneneh or how him and Pam would always go at it on his self-titled show Martin.

It was revealed that one of my favorite episodes, the one where he interrogated his friends with a fake stuffed dog, was the hardest to film. Why? Because everyone had a hard time keeping a straight face. The audience didn’t make it any better because their laughter was out of control. You can clearly see here how hard it was for Martin and Tommy not to laugh. KMSL!

Who can forget the episode when Martin goes on a “health kick” and finally breaks down when Gina makes him his favorite food? Click here to reminisce LOL.

One things for sure, Martin Lawrence is one of a kind. Clearly there is no one like him. There’s not enough time for me to post every hilarious clip of him out there, but here is one more from when he played Big Mama

Until next time…