CP2 talks with homecoming queen of comedy Mo’Nique

Felicia Haney | 7/16/2014, 10:53 a.m.
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Seems like LeBron isn’t the only one receiving fanfare for finding his way back… Queen of comedy Mo’Nique makes her way home to the comedy club stage to hold court on LeBron’s turf in Cleveland for a performance that’s sure to have the Improv Comedy Club making room for a wall shrine of her own. Here she answers 10 quick questions for CP2.

How are you doing?

I’m not complaining. That would mean I’m ungrateful.

Well, you’re looking good for sure. How has your weight loss journey been?

I appreciate that. It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s been about five years now and it’s allowed me to see what I’m made of. Just doing it the good old fashioned natural way… eating differently, exercising and just living good.

Just want to say kudos to you. Five years is a long time to stick with anything, especially when we’re talking about working out. So what has been your motivation to keep going?

My family. I want a lifetime with my husband; a lifetime with my children, and I want to be able to meet their children. That’s the motivation. Oftentimes people are motivated to lose weight for their class reunion or lose weight for their wedding. But it’s like… You’re willing to lose weight for people you haven’t seen in over 20 years, but you see your family every day.

In Hollywood, where everyone’s dying to be thin, you’ve managed to be successful by loving the skin you’re in so-to-speak. Was there an epiphany moment that made you say, “ehh, I’m gonna go ahead and do something different”?

Here’s what’s beautiful. I’m still a big woman; I’m 200 pounds. I’m not trying to be a size 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 or 10! I’m good at a 14. My head is too damn big to get much smaller. I will be a big woman to the day I die. I’m not wavering on what I said. I still believe big is beautiful; we just want to be big, healthy girls. I’ve had people say to me, “well, you’ve made your entire career off of being a big woman…” To which I say, “Well, am I a small woman now? Is 200 pounds small?” By America’s standards, I’m considered obese!

Well, we here in Cleveland are anxiously waiting to lay our eyes on the new you in person. How do you feel about your upcoming performance at the Improv?

When I tell you I cannot wait!… The Cleveland audience has always been extremely good to me. And we’re talking over 20 years. So I can’t wait to see my babies. Cleveland is real, down home folk. They aint got no airs. Whenever I come to Cleveland it’s like you’re at a cookout in the backyard with your family members… Somebody’s gone grab the dark liquor… Somebody’s gone go too far… That’s all it is, nothin’ but a cookout.

As I mentioned before, you’ve achieved mega success. I’m talking blockbuster films and Oscars. How important for you is it to come back and do places like the Improv?