HBO has secured the rights to a new documentary that is currently being broadcast at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Titled Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You, the film deals with the life and influence of Jackie "Moms" Mabley, the late African-American comedian. Also noteworthy about the film is that it is the first film directed by Whoopi Goldberg.
“Moms Mabley has been a huge inspiration to me and so many others, but not a lot of folks outside of the comedy world know about her legacy,” Goldberg said. “There are a lot of us who wouldn’t be working today without pioneers like her. HBO gave me my first break on TV, so it’s only fitting that Moms has a home there now.”
“What could be better than Whoopi bringing Moms to HBO?” said HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. “We’ve always known how special Moms was, and I can’t think of a better marriage.”
In the film, Mabley (who passed away in 1975) is recalled through tape of old performances and pictures. Included in the film are interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, who discuss the impact she had on their lives and society in general.
The film will air on HBO later this year.