Luenell is the self-proclaimed “Original Bad Girl of Comedy.” She maybe be small is stature, but she more than makes up for it with her big personality, booming voice and infectious laughter. Easily recognizable for her signature look – that is, her platinum blonde Caesar haircut, beautifully manicured long nails and a blinged-out pimp cup in hand – Luenell, has been thrilling audiences with her brand of comedy for almost 30?years.?
But Luenell's NOT laughing about the huge discrepancies between male and female comics, with men getting far more exposure and far bigger paychecks than women. She says after thirty years in the biz, she's still trying to get recognized, despite being featured in films, like her current one - Borat.
In this episode, Luenell tells her story, sharing a behind the scenes look at life as a comedian and shares tips for up and coming comedians. and talks about the real struggles that come along with it.
Plus, find out how Luenelle is dealing with family drama during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
Luenell is part of the ensemble cast of “Dolemite Is My Name,” starring comedy legend Eddie Murphy, currently on Netflix. Plus, she’s part of the cast of “Coming to America 2,” set to hit theatres around the holidays in 2020. And yes! That’s two Eddie Murphy movies in one year! Also, Luenell appears in the sequel, “I’ve Got the Hookup-2,” an urban cult classic, starring music mogul/businessman Master P and his son, Romeo Miller.
Luenell also appears in the Oscar-nominated film, “A Star is Born,” directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Cooper and Lady Gaga. She also rocks the mic in the new Showtime comedy special, called “Funny Women of a Certain Age,” sharing the stage with Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”), Carole Montgomery, Lynne Koplitz, Kerri Louise and Vanessa Hollingshead. Plus, she makes a cameo appearance in the music video, “I Like Boys,” by former American Idol singer/songwriter and choreographer Todrick Hall, which has already amassed millions of views on YouTube.?
In addition, she just released her comedy CD,?“Luenell Live: I Only Drink at Work,” available on digital platforms everywhere. And then there’s Las Vegas!! Luenell wrapped up her three-month Las Vegas residency at the SLS hotel in Viva Las Vegas!?But, she’s not through with Las Vegas! Back by popular demand, she has an ongoing engagement at the Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club?at The LINQ Promenade in Vegas.?
Although African American audiences are familiar with Luenell from her appearances on BET’s ComicView, she crossed over to mainstream after her breakout role in the?2006 hit?mockumentary-styled?comedy film?“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” She portrayed a prostitute, named Luenell, with a heart of gold. And in the end, just like Julia Roberts’s character in “Pretty Woman,” Luenell got the guy! On the heels of the film’s release, she embarked on a successful 60-city tour with “Money Mike” Katt Williams.?
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