Mo'Nique's Spread The Love Comedy Tour Hits L.A.
By Brandon I. Brooks
Sentinel Entertainment Editor
Academy Award winning actress & comedianne Mo'Nique brings her highly anticipated comedy tour to Los Angeles Friday, April 2nd - 8 PM - Nokia Theatre L.A. live tickets on sale now
Fresh off an historic Oscar victory for winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her only the fourth African-American female behind Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson to win the award, Mo'Nique is back in the headlines as she prepares for her highly anticipated comedy tour, Mo'Nique's Spread The Love Tour.
"The best way I can describe my comedy is honest," said Mo'Nique. "Ya'll know Mo'Nique is going to be honest and anybody that wants to get to know me, come to a stand-up comedy show."
Mo'Nique's spread the love tour will hit 20 cities during its run. The show comes to Los Angeles on Friday, April 2nd at 8PM at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.
Joining Mo'Nique on this year's Spread The Love Tour will her BET late night talk show counterpart comedian and actor Rodney Perry comedian Tone-X, who will serve as resident Man on the Street for the tour and DJ Ant.
"Rodney Perry is brilliantly funny and he is fearless," said Mo'Nique. "And he is one of those comediennes baby, that is passionate about what he is doing. You know we were together about a year ago, me, Rodney Perry and Tone-X and were just doing a few dates. Those brothers are so funny and they are so full of love. They are going to have you crying. I like that gut bucket funny. That kind of funny that you might get up and run couple seats down and tap the person and say did you hear them say that."
With all of the accolades Mo'Nique has received over the last year for her dramatic role as "Mary Jones" in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire", you would think Mo'Nique would be looking to change her career direction. You would think that Mo'Nique would consider hanging up her comedic jersey and trading it in for a permanent dramatic acting career. But that's not Mo'Nique and after speaking with the Sentinel it was evident it will never be. Mo'Nique refuses to put herself in one category and label herself as one type of actress.
Monique's career has been a storybook from day one. Her hard work and dedication landed her own TV sitcom, "The Parkers," which ran for a favorable five seasons. She would also go on to host a number of reality shows, including a beauty pageant for full-figured women on Oxygen called "F.A.T. Chance ("Fabulous and Thick")". It was evident that her success wouldn't stop at comedy and TV; it would also be felt on the big screen too. From movies like "The Queens of Comedy" and "Baby Boy," to "Two Can Play That Game," and "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," Mo'Nique was signaling to the world that she was here to stay.
"I think just life itself, just the gift of life, that's a beautiful thing," said Mo'Nique when asked how she stays focused and passionate about her daily work. In reference to giving back and her philanthropy work, Mo'Nique expressed her generosity by saying. "Where are you going to take it when you are gone."
Mo'Nique's humble and compassionate personality make her a perfect fit for late-night television as her top-rated talk show on BET has become well received by critics and nightly viewers. Her diverse and up-front personality makes for great television because Mo'nique relates to her audience. Many people find it easy to appreciate her raw and edgy remarks because it's as if she is a close relative speaking the "real" in Hollywood.
Speaking of "reality", the Sentinel asked Mo'Nique to give her perspective of how she views the Academy Awards and their treatment of, or lack of, as far as African American are concerned? Mo'Nique shared with the Sentinel that, "Well to say their treatment of African Americans over the years, there hasn't really been any treatment because you haven't seen any of us there. But I think what we should focus more on the award that was created for us and that the NAACP Image Award. Once we realize that the Image award is just a valuable then we won't have to get so caught up in, well the unfair treatment of that award."
Her elegant answer to controversy proves that Mo'Nique isn't your average entertainer with a punch-line. She has taken Hollywood by storm because she would have it no other way.
When asked to give advice to the next "Mo'Nique" waiting for a big break in the Hollywood, Monique shared with the Sentinel, "Stay focused, you determine your destiny."
So if your destiny so chooses, for more information on Mo'Nique's Spread The Love Tour visit www.aegovie.com or www.moniqueworldwide.com. Tickets range from $39.50 to $69.50. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations; charge by phone 800.745.3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.