Game Changers of Comedy: “Moms” Mabley
This game changer was the first female to play the Apollo and perhaps the original female comedian. She was definitely one of few black comedians in her time, and she was most definitely the first openly gay comedian. She was light years ahead of anyone. This game changer was Jackie “Moms&rdqu... [Read More]
Harlem Comedy Festival to feature films about Pryor and Moms Mabley
The Harlem Comedy Festival will be a majority stand-up showcase and competition also highlighting Improv performers of color in NYC. There will also be a film series each day of the festival during the afternoon. The films shown will be documentaries about African American’s contributions to c... [Read More]
Kickstarting generations, genders of stand-up comedy: Moms Mabley, in a new HBO documentary by Whoopi Goldberg
She had played Carnegie Hall, headlined the Apollo with Cab Calloway for decades, but in 1967, Dick Smothers introduced her to a whole new audience, saying: "Some of you may not have heard of her yet. She's only started recently doing television." She was Jackie "Moms" Mabley. "She's been lost ... [Read More]
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
Whoopi Goldberg clearly has a lot of affection for pioneering African-American comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley, and that affection comes across in her HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley. Goldberg’s enthusiasm and ability to pull in big-name interviewees (including B... [Read More]
Tribeca Film Festival Q&A: Whoopi Goldberg on Moms Mabley
In an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival ahead of her film’s premiere, Ms. Goldberg spoke about how she first discovered Moms Mabley, the influence Ms. Mabley had on her career, and what a filmmaker does when there’s very little footage of her subject. [Read More]
The ORIGINAL Queen of African American Comedy, Jackie MOMS Mabley
Today's Black History Month post is in honor of Jackie Moms Mabley, widely regarded as one of the most important African-American entertainers that ever lived and as the first bonafide female stand-up comedy superstar. [Read More]