Review: “Mo’Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta” on Showtime

Mo’Nique sued Netflix for discrimination, then somehow settled for hosting a showcase on Showtime? I still don’t understand it. Each of her friends — Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-X, Correy Bell, and Donnell Rawlings — get off some good jokes.

But what about Mo’Nique? That’s why you’re tuning in, right?

“You know, it’s been a long time,” Mo’Nique starts off, “It’s been a long, god damn time. It’s been a mother-f—ing long time since y’all done seen a bitch onstage, baby. Awwww! I’m gonna enjoy this mother-f–er right here!”

Only she spends the majority of her 10 minutes onstage (out of the 70 total for the special) circling and repeating this message. She fell out of line from the other black entertainers at the top of show business, who decided to shut her up, or slow her down because of it, but she’s still here. She says this over and over again, only chock full of curse words. She calls out Oprah, again. She calls out Tyler Perry for not inviting her to his movie studio opening (Mo’Nique taped this Showtime special in Atlanta, remember, not far from Perry’s studio). “I thought we had dealt with the s–t, and they were gonna send a bitch a God damn invitation to the mother-f—ing opening,” she said. “Sometimes it’s OK to be uninvited. Sometimes it’s OK stand the f— alone.”

But she really doesn’t have to say much more about how she’s standing alone or what she’s standing for these days, exactly.

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Sean L. McCarthy

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