Film Screening: Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
This free film screening is part of the 2018-2019 Film Series with American Jazz Museum, Greater KC Black History Study Group, and the National Archives at Kansas City. There will be a reception at 6:00 pm followed by the film at 6:30 pm.
Often referred to as “the funniest woman in the world,” the iconic African-American standup comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley broke racial and sexual boundaries and continues to inspire comedians to this day. In her directorial film debut, Whoopi Goldberg, a modern-day comedy favorite, pays homage to this pioneering talent.
Featuring recently unearthed photographs, rediscovered performance footage and the words of entertainers and historians, the film includes interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Arsenio Hall, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, who emphasize how Mabley paved the way for female comedians and performers everywhere in provocative stand-up routines that challenged racism, sexism and ageism.