|Mother's Day Laugh Fest: Mo'Nique, Tommy Davidson & Donnell Rawlings|| Masonic Temple Theatre
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An inspiration and a role model for all the aspiring female performers out there, Mo’Nique is an actress and a stand-up comedienne hailing from Baltimore. Mo’Nique has been making people laugh with her witty sense of humor since she first started her career as a comedian on a dare from her brother. From that day onward, she hasn’t looked back and has been breaking down barriers by making appearances in shows like The Parkers and its Showtime at the Apollo. This year as Mo’Nique reaches your city on a nationwide tour, buy some Mo’Nique tickets and get ready for a hearty laugh.
Born in 1967, Mo'Nique is the youngest of her three siblings, one sister and two brothers. She attended the Morgan State University after passing out from Milford Mill High School. Graduating from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland at the age of 20, Mo'Nique started working as a phone operator. Her entry in the world of stand-up comedy wasn’t planned at all. Her first appearance on the stage was at the Comedy Factory Outlet in Baltimore when her brother dared her to give an open mic performance at any of the comedy clubs. Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Mo'Nique’s first performance made quite an impression on the audience who loved her act very much. The following week she got an offer by the club’s owner to host her own show for $25.
To pursue comedy as her full time career, Mo'Nique started to take up every chance that she could to appear on stage. Next, she was given a chance to shift to the South to which she readily agreed in hopes that she’ll find more opportunities there. This move proved to be an important turn in her career and soon her brand of comedy was popular among the fans who more than anything adored her style. Mo'Nique made her first significant break in 1989 when she got selected for “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” which was followed by other big-ticket appearances including BET’s Comic View and Def Comedy Jam by Russell Simmons. In the following years, Mo'Nique also starred in a number of films and televisions shows.
From 1999-2000, Mo'Nique appeared in three episodes of Moasha, a comedy sitcom which was aired on UPN. It was after making handful of appearances in several other televisions series like The Bernie Mac Show that she earned the full-time role in UPN’s famous sitcom that was aired in 1999, The Parkers. In the show, she played the role of Nikki Parker, an outlandish mother who decides to attend the high school with her daughter. Mo'Nique rose to fame as an actress in this series which ran for a total of five seasons consisting of more than a episodes. The show earned her three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
While she was busy keeping up with her television roles, Mo'Nique made sure that her career as a stand-up comedian didn’t suffer and continued her live performances at a variety of venues. In 2001, she appeared in the smash hit flick The Queens of Comedy, the sequel and the female version of The Original Kings of Comedy. The next year marked her return to Showtime at the Apollo as the host of the show thus becoming the first female comedian ever to become the show’s host.
From 2002-2006, she played diverse roles in films like Good Fences, Soul Plane, Hair Show, Two Can Play That Game, Phat Gilz, Shadowboxer, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and Domino. It was in 2009 that she made her first big hit as a film actress when Lee Daniels asked Mo'Nique to play the role of an angry mother, Mary Jones, in his film Precious. Her villainous performance in the film was critically praised and garnered her more than two dozen awards including the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Mo'Nique also hosted her own late night talk show The Mo'Nique Show which was aired on BET in 2009. In her career fourteen year old career, she has played a number of successful roles in films, television and theatre alike. Famous for her bold personality and loud-and-proud comedy, Mo'Nique’s live performances are funny as hell. To catch her live at your nearest venues this year, get some Mo'Nique tickets before they are all sold out.