*Mo’Nique is set to serve up her first stand-up special in almost 10 years titled “Mo’Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta” on Showtime, premiering February 7 at 10 p.m.
According to Broadway World, the event was filmed at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, and the hour-long special features a variety of comedy newcomers including Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-X and Correy Bell alongside veteran comedian Donnell Rawlings.
Mo gushed about the news on her Instagram page, writing “HEY MY LOVES!!!INTRODUCING MO’NIQUE & FRIENDS ON SHOWTIME FEBRUARY 7TH AT 10PM. I LOVE US 4 REAL!!!”
Watch a clip from “Mo’Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta” above.
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News of the special comes days after Netflix called for the lawsuit she filed against the company back in November to be dismissed.
“Plaintiff fails, however, to allege any facts showing that the compensation offered her was the product of discrimination,” read the legal documents obtained by The Blast. “To the contrary, her Complaint contradicts its core premise by noting that other persons of color, other women, and another African- American woman (like Plaintiff) have been paid substantially more money to create comedy specials for Netflix’s streaming service than what was offered to Plaintiff. And Plaintiff fails to explain why she was entitled to be offered what the stars to whom she compares herself were offered for creating such comedy specials.”
In the suit, Mo is accusing the entertainment conglomerate of race-based discrimination because of how it negotiated a comedy special with her. She says Netflix offered Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special (she eventually got $13 mil), but only offered Mo’Nique $500,000 for her stand-up special.
Her lawsuit also noted that Dave Chapelle was offered $60 million for his comedy special, Chris Rock was offered $40 million and Jerry Seinfeld was offered $100 million for two specials.
“Mo’Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta” is executive produced by Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks.