The Queens of Comedy is a 2000 film showcasing the comedic talents of four prominent African-American comediennes. It is a live show filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN. The film also cuts away to scenes of the women out and about town. The show starts with Laura Hayes. Not only is she the show opener, she is also the emcee. Her comedy focuses on family life. She regales the audience with tales of her grand-kids. She jokes about her relationships with her mom and her sisters. Laura keeps the laughs flowing as the show goes from one comedienne to the next. Adele Givens is up after the show opening. She teases the audience a bit, encouraging self-acceptance. She has a hilarious way of looking at the world and proudly shares it. Next up is Sommore. Just released from jail, she has a lot to say about relationships with men and kids.
The show-stopper is certainly the last act, Mo'Nique. Mon'Nique uses her personal life as inspiration for her comedy, and she absolutely has a lot to say. She jokes about her husband, her intimate relationships, and herself. She gives the audience advice on their love lives. She makes funny commentary on race in America. Where Mo'Nique gets the big laughs,, though is when she jokes about her size. She spends a lot of time joking about her weight and playfully ribbing on skinny women.
The cut-away footage is just as funny. It is shown in between each comedienne. Each scene shows the Queens of Comedy exploring the city of Memphis and interacting with the general public. It offers a fun way to see the ladies in action. They are quick-witted and able to offer clever commentary on anything that comes their way.
This film is clearly meant for adults, as they do use adult language and humor. This provocative look at how these women view the world is guaranteed to keep audiences laughing. They are brassy, un-apologetic, and completely themselves. This realness is what makes the film so engaging.