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CP2 talks with homecoming queen of comedy Mo’Nique

Felicia Haney | 7/16/2014, 10:53 a.m.
You know, I’ve never had a heckler. I’ve always felt like, when you love on that audience, that audience is ...

That’s home. The comedy club is home for me; that’s what got me to all those other stages. So, how can I not come back home and say “thank you”? I’ve never bought into what people think it should be. I’ve always been very comfortable in what I know it to be. So, I know what’s home. Yeah, I go to the big theatres and do those, but that comedy club is very intimate. We’re eye to eye. It’s very therapeutic.

At this stage in your career, in the midst of your on stage therapy, do you still come across people who heckle?

You know, I’ve never had a heckler. I’ve always felt like, when you love on that audience, that audience is going to love back on you. So, when someone gets out of line, the audience is going to say “are you out of your mind?!” I’ve never had what I would call a heckler. You get people at the comedy club who shout out, and we just have a conversation ‘cause I know you just want to be heard baby. And once you give them a chance to say what they feel, then we move on. It’s just a good time for me.

I noticed you are very in tune with your fans. A few years back you visited Cleveland for a book signing at Tri-C and stayed until every person in line got their book signed. Is that genuineness something you cherish?

Every book I sign, somebody paid for. And because they paid for those books, it allows us to have pizza night in our house every Friday night. So, if that means I gotta stay ‘til I sign the last book… That’s how my family says we appreciate y’all and thank you.

What do you have in the works?

I hope I have tomorrow in the works! Today is so beautiful. If I just get to tomorrow, what a beautiful gift. There it is.

Do you have any last words for your Cleveland audience?

Just tell them I love them and I can’t wait to see them.