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.
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