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Biography #2 (for Domino)Mo'Nique is an award-winning comedienne whose career began 16 years ago in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She took to the stage for the first time on a dare from her brother. The overwhelming response and standing ovation she received gave her the courage to pursue a comedy career professionally. From there, she gained visibility and immense popularity with performances on Showtime at the Apollo, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Apollo Comedy Hour, HBO's Snaps, BET's Comic View, The Montreal Comedy Festival and Uptown Comedy Club.
Mo'Nique credits her big break as the day she quit her job at the phone company in Baltimore to pursue her comedy dream wholeheartedly. Another pivotal career break came in 1999 when she landed a starring role as Nikki Parker on the hit UPN television series The Parkers. During the shows five year run, in which she starred as a single mom who attends college with her daughter, Mo'Nique earned numerous awards, including four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005, and receiving nominations all five years of the show's existence.
Her film credits include the features Shadowboxer, Irish Jam, Soul Plane, Three Strikes, Baby Boy, Two Can Play That Game, which earned her an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, the independent films Hair Show and Phat Girls, and the Showtime tele-film Good Fences.
Mo'Nique's bold and sarcastic stand-up routine also landed her a starring role in the hit stand-up comedy film, The Queens of Comedy, which was released in 2002 by Paramount Home Entertainment and aired on the Showtime Network. The Queens of Comedy also toured the country as a live comedy concert, which was released as an album, of the same title, and went on to earn a GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Comedy Album.
For the second consecutive year, Mo'Nique is host of the nationally televised program, Showtime at the Apollo. She made history as the first female comedienne to serve in that coveted capacity. She is also in pre-production on an upcoming first-ever full-figured beauty pageant for the Oxygen network and in talks to host her own syndicated daytime talk show, produced by Telepictures.
Mo'Nique has become a role model for voluptuous women everywhere, proving that you don't have to be a size 0 to be sexy and fabulous. Her musings on life are featured in the best-selling book entitled Skinny Women are Evil published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Released in April 2003, the book became a New York Times bestseller.
Biography #3 (for The Parkers)Voluptuous, outlandish comedienne Mo'Nique shot up the ladder of success in just a few short years and some say comedy has never been the same since she hit the stage.
Having always dreamed of being rich and famous, Mo'Nique began doing comedy performances in her hometown of Baltimore. She took to the stage for the first time on a dare from her brother and the standing ovation she received that night gave her all the inspiration she needed to consider comedy as a profession. Her career began to skyrocket with performances on Showtime at the Apollo, HBO's Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, Apollo Comedy Hour, HBO's Snaps, Uptown Comedy Club, BET Comic View, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and It's a Funny Country, a syndicated show in South Africa.
While shooting The Parkers will keep her busy, Mo'Nique plans to continue doing stand-up during her breaks. Her angelic, church-girl look is the perfect contrast to her self-described sexy-sweet style of comedy. No one ever expects such an adorable face to have such a challenging mouth. In the male-dominated profession of stand up comedy, she has established herself as one of the heavyweights. Her versatility has taken her from high school and college audiences to adult comedy clubs, live concerts and television appearances around the world, electrifying audiences with her humor, chic style of dress and dynamic personality.
Mo'Nique recently began a new fashion line based on the custom-made designs of her stage clothes. With a soon-to-be-released book of her musing on life, she is well on her way to establishing herself as one of the top entertainers in the business.
Mo'Nique is currently drawing rave reviews on the nationwide Queens of Comedy tour. She made her film debut in this year's 3 Strikes written and directed by D.J. Pooh (Fridays).