Whether you spelled it marvalous or marvelous, Marva L. Moncrieffe was simply funny.
The comedian known as Simply Marvalous died Wednesday in hospice care in Baton Rouge, La. Moncrieffe was 64.
She had her own HBO half-hour comedy special in 1994, and followed that up with appearances on Def Comedy Jam, House Party 3 and Class Act.
And here she was more recently on BET’s Comic View, explaining what had changed in her life since we first saw her in the 1990s.
Other black women in comedy have been paying their respects.
Sherri Shepherd wrote: “Simply Marvalous opened the door for many black female comics. She never got her just due from the Hollywood crowd but those who were fortunate enough to see her on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam or the many comedy clubs across the country and hear her Bayou sounding “How you derinnn!” … you were in for a treat. I met Simply Marvalous at The Comedy Act Theater when I was just starting out and she was really nice to me. I use to watch in awe as she whipped the crowd into a hysterical frenzy. Praying blessings over her family & knowing that Simply Marvalous probably has #jesus holding his sides right now. Look her up on@Youtube for a good #laugh”
Simply Marvalous never got her due credit as a Black woman pioneer in Comedy, just because of the way the business treats black women. This sister helped open the doors. She went on to be with the lord today. Such a huge loss. I love her. May her soul rest in love. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/830DQNBjP0
— Thea Vidale (@MsTheaVidale) August 9, 2018
Visitation for those wishing to pay respects privately will be held Friday evening and Saturday morning at Miller & Daughter Mortuary, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Survivors include her son, Sklyer Moncrieffe; sisters, Elaine and Angela Moncrieffe; uncles, aunts; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Rest in peace, Marva.