|Born||March 19, 1894|
|Hometown||Brevard, North Carolina, United States|
|Children||Christine Aiken , Bonnie Aiken , Yvonne Ailey , Charles Aiken|
|Parents||Mary Aiken , James P. Aiken|
Even Martin Luther King Jr. laughed: How Black people coped in the Civil Rights Movement
- Black comedians helped ease tension during the Civil Rights Movement. That legacy continues for comics amid ongoing racial disparity.
Black History Month: Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor
MOVIES & TV SHOWS
Does Stand-Up Comedy Still Have The 'Right To Offend?'
A new A&E docuseries examines uncompromising Black comics throughout history, and compels us to consider how they and others like them fit into today's culture.Thanks for your feedback!
Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Others To Be Featured in ‘Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution’ on A&E Network (TV News Roundup)
Kevin Hart is behind the two-part documentary event “Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution,” set to premiere on the A&E Network on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 p.m. The documentary, produced by Hart’s Hartbeat and Time Studios, explores the progression of Black comedy across time, tracing how comedians have used pointed humor to articulate […]Thanks for your feedback!
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Pioneering female comics finally get their due in Shawn Levy's 'In On the Joke'
Author Shawn Levy revives a lost history of stand-up comedy, giving jaw-dropping insight into the barriers the first female comics broke with laughter.Thanks for your feedback!
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Team on Turning Wanda Sykes into Moms Mabley
Casting director Cindy Tolan (Emmy-nominated for the third consecutive year for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; she won in 2018) has often had to hire actors to embody real-life icons in the stand-up comedy world. But when it came to bringing Moms Mabley to life in the third season of the Amazon Prime Video show, Wanda […]Thanks for your feedback!
On My Screen: Wanda Sykes’ Childhood Hero In ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, Marvel Dreams & The Kids’ Movie That Makes Her Cry
With over two decades of work under her belt, Wanda Sykes has found that being a multi-hyphenate artist certainly allows for a diverse and successful career. Starting off as an award-winning writer for The Chris Rock Show, she quickly found popularity with her stand-up specials, leading to roles in Monster-in-Law and The New Adventures of […]Thanks for your feedback!
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ EPs & Cast On Season 3’s Cliffhanger, Return To Production & The Pitfalls Of Showbiz – Contenders TV
During this morning's Amazon Contenders Emmy TV panel for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, EP/director/writer Dan Palladino said that "within five or six months" the 16-Emmy winning series should expect to be back in production for its fourth season. "King COVID is ruling everything," said Palladino about the delay, "Amy and I and the writers are soon to […]Thanks for your feedback!
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Rachel Brosnahan takes you behind the scenes of 'Mrs. Maisel.' Her guided photo tour
Rachel Brosnahan may have three seasons of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" in the can but she still delights in the experience -- and photographs special moments.Thanks for your feedback!
TV Review: HBO Docs ‘Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,’ ‘Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley’
Underscoring the breadth of HBO documentaries, the network’s Monday series will in the next two weeks air “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” its latest depressing commemoration of Veteran’s Day; and “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” a look at the groundbreaking African-American comic whose name is almost surely more familiar than her fascinating story. <img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc12#038;c26035310#038;c3#038;c4#038;c5#038;c6#038;c15#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" widThanks for your feedback!
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TCA: HBO Plans Series of Monday Documentaries for Fall From Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and More
HBO will debut a series of documentaries in the fall, including Alec Baldwin and James Toback's "Seduced and Abandoned," Whoopi Goldberg's portrait of pioneering performer Moms Mabley, and a Stephen Sondheim profile featuring the work of director Todd Haynes and others.Thanks for your feedback!
Whoopi Goldberg Debuts Film About Iconic Lesbian Comedian At Tribeca Film Festival
Whoopi Goldberg recently made her directorial debut at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The North Carolina-born comedian graced stages such as New York City's Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall with her quirky acts touching on racism and romance between the 1920s and 1960s.Thanks for your feedback!