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She’s appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav, Showtime at the Apollo and Comic View. Along with fellow Black comediennes Mo’Nique, Laura Hayes and Adele Givens, she proved her mettle as one of the Queens of Comedy – which was filmed and later aired on Showtime.
“I’m working on getting my routine down pat and tightening up my chops,” she said. “I have about three years of material that I have to condense into one hour. And I’m working very hard because this is a business that I take quite seriously and I’m very hands on with my career.”
How she got started
Sommore says her stage persona is sexy, classy and the kind of woman that any sister would love to have as a friend. Off stage, she’s not much different.
“If people gave you something good what would you want?” she asked. “Some more. That’s how I chose my name. I went to college and then was a business owner – I wanted to be rich. But then I got stuck and found that I wasn’t happy with what I was doing. Life wasn’t challenging enough. In my wildest dreams, if I could do whatever I wanted it would be to do stand-up comedy. So I went to an open mic. The rush felt so good that I figured if I put my all into it I had to get better.”
That was 20 years ago. Today, the New Jersey-born actress and comedienne, who incidentally is the half-sister of actress Nia Long, is enjoying a bi-coastal life – splitting her time between Florida and L.A. But her real home is on stage making people laugh.
The challenge of being a woman in comedy
Sommore says as in most professions, women in comedy aren’t looked at as equal to men. But that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her goals – or making her audiences beg for more.
“Even with our success on the Queens of Comedy tour, when we women are introduced to an audience, it’s almost as if men are surprised that we can make people laugh. There are some men who don’t think women are funny at all. I’m an adult comedienne and I deal with adult topics. I picked the lane that I am and wanted it to be about grown folks’ conversation. Basically, I deal with topics that most adults think about but are afraid to say. I do have a few segments of in my shows that are PG but not many.”
Sommore says she’s excited about her show which will be her second solo project. After being taped and televised it will go on DVD. And she’ll be negotiating the purchasing price.
“I am producing this myself so I make all of the decisions,” she said. “I guess you can’t get the businesswoman out of me huh?”