I’d have to think on it if someone asked me about my favorite artist because I’ve met so many during my 16-year radio career. But if one were to ask me about my favorite comedians, I think I’d say, “Check them out for yourself because most of them are coming to Augusta on Sunday, Dec. 30.”
In fact, the New Year’s weekend comedy event that includes Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Marvin Dixon, Arnez J and Sommore is so big it’s being titled as the Comedy Explosion. The laughs start at 7 p.m. at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $57, $67 and $77 from (877) 4AUGTIX or www.georgialinatix.com.
Recently, Fattz and I sat down with my longtime friend comedienne Sommore. Beyond being a comedienne, actress, producer and businesswoman, she is also godmother to my 5-year-old Maltese (Denzel).
Sommore was the first woman to host BET’s Comic View, for the 1994-1995 season, and has hosted Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo. In 1995, she received the Richard Pryor Award for Comic of the Year. Perhaps her biggest tour was when she appeared with Monique in the Original Queens of Comedy. The 2001 made-for-television movie based on that tour is among the highest-rated and longest-running specials for the Showtime network.
Sommore wrote and produced The Queen Stands Alone, a filmed version of her stand-up act, which debuted on Comedy Central in September 2008. She just finished another production called Chandelier Status.
“I call myself a Chandelier not a diva because a Chandelier shines bright like a diamond and illuminates everything in its presence. My desire is for fans, family, and friends to shine bright no matter what,” Sommore said.
Sommore has had a love affair with Augusta that has lasted almost 10 years.
“I love Augusta,” she said. “I remember when I came to Augusta with only 10 minutes of jokes that I stretched out for 20 minutes at the Comedy House. I can’t wait to get back.”
I asked her how she has been able to stay so grounded in an industry that can make people get caught up in their own hype. “Cher, I just do what I do and have faith. I have people around me that know me and I put the rest in God’s hands. When comedians get together it’s like a class reunion and this show is with friends.”
“Sommore,” I said, “so many people are writing books – Steve Harvey and DL Hughley have written books. Do you have any plans to do one?”
She replied, “Girl, have you seen the literacy rate? I don’t need to write no books.”
Now living on both coasts, Sommore focuses on her comedy act as well as her acting career and on Sunday she will focus on Augusta. I, for one, can’t wait to see her and the rest of the crew at Bell Auditorium. I’m ready to laugh into the New Year.