Sunday Funday: Moms Mabley

I’m taking a break from the Thug Kitchen series and doing something different for Sunday, showcasing a Black entertainer for the month.  This week’s is Moms Mabley.

moms

Loretta Mary Aiken (March 19, 1894 – May 23, 1975), known by her stage name Jackie “Moms” Mabley, was an American standup comedian. A veteran of the Chitlin’ Circuit of African-American vaudeville, she later appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  At the apex of her long career, she was earning $10,000 a week at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Mabley focused on conventional topics such as family and others not normally covered by comedians of the era, white or Black, such as infidelity, poverty, welfare, and inebriation.  Check out a Youtube recording of her work below, and if you like what you hear, check out more of this funny woman.

“The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man”. -Huey P Newton

This entry was posted in Black History Month, Sunday Funday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s