Oscar nominee, Mo’Nique’s meteoric career began in her early 20s, when she took the Improv comedy stage on a dare from her brother. That spontaneous decision and standing ovation changed her life, convincing her to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

A pivotal career move landed the talented comedienne in the memorable role of “Nikki Parker” on the UPN comedy series “The Parkers.”  The show’s five-year run earned Mo’Nique numerous awards, including four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.  Mo’Nique also served as host of the legendary talent show, “Showtime at the Apollo” for three years, making history as the first comedienne to serve in that coveted role.
In 2002, Mo’Nique joined Adele Givens, Laura Hayes and Sommore for the mega comedy tour, “The Queens of Comedy,” which was also released as a film and as an album of the same title, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Comedy Album.
But it is Mo’Niques performance as the abusive mother in Lee Daniels film, “Precious,” which depicts the story of an emotionally abused overweight, illiterate teenager that has been a revelation for many.  The film took home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival2009. Winning Mo’Nique the Golden Globe Award for best Supporting Actress, the 2010 SAG Award Winner for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and an Oscar nomination.

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