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""The Queen Stands Alone" Debuts Worldwide On Comedy Central On September 13"
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New York, NY - Comedienne, writer, producer and entrepreneur SOMMORE's worldwide premiere of "The Queen Stands Alone," will debut on Comedy Central on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Written and produced by Sommore and One Thousand Kisses, Inc., "The Queen Stands Alone" is a film version of her stand-up act and will be followed by the Vivendi Universal and CodeBlack Entertainment's DVD/Home Video release on Tuesday, September 30, 2008. The undisputed "Queen of Comedy" is excited about the release of her long-awaited comedy special. "This is a show that I've waited oh so long to do," explains Sommore. "Over the years, I had other offers, but I turned them down because I felt that I wasn't ready at that point in my career. Comedy Central is a perfect fit. I really challenged myself with this special. I produced it and it is just fabulous." With the landmark deal of premiering of "The Queen Stands Alone" on Comedy Central, the comedienne/entrepreneur landed one of the highest paydays for a female comedian at the network [alongside comedienne Sarah Silverman].
This trendsetting, highly-acclaimed veteran entertainer is widely considered one of America's top comedic female entertainers. With a winning combination of class and sass, Sommore offers audiences a hilarious, yet piercing look at today's issues from a woman's perspective. She is frank and fearless in her routines, tackling topics that range from the mundane to the controversial with wit, intelligence and style. Praised by critics, respected by her peers, and adored by a diverse fan base, she performs her stand-up act to sold-out audiences across the country, and she is among the top-grossing stand-up comediennes. Oprah proclaimed her "a force to be reckoned with in the new millennium."
The New Jersey-native has had a meteoric rise to the top of her field and has been a trailblazer for women in the comedy business. She is the recipient of the Richard Pryor Award for Comic of the Year (1995). Sommore was the first woman to host BET's "Comic View," and she hosted Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam" as well as "Showtime at the Apollo." As part of the record-breaking "Queens of Comedy" tour in 2000, she garnered a wider fan base and was registered in Guinness' Book of World Records when she performed to a captivated audience of nearly 50,000 people in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2001 made-for-television movie based on that tour was the highest-rated and longest running special in the history of the Showtime Network. As well, Sommore was the only female comic featured in the "Latham Entertainment Presents" tour in 2002.
In addition to her stand-up performances, Sommore has also appeared in several films including Friday After Next (2002), Family Reunion (2002), Soul Plane (2004), Something New (2006) and Dirty Laundry (2007); and has appeared as a featured guest on television shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The View," "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," CNN Headline News, and was profiled on Comedy Central's "Special Women in Comedy" program. Sommore participated in season six of VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club," was cast as the cornerstone for the "mob" with Bob Saget for the NBC primetime show "1 vs 100," appeared as the special guest star on this season's MTV's "Nick Cannon's Wild N' Out," and hosted "Live at Gotham" for Comedy Central.
Before she became a comedy star, the Morris Brown College graduate earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and mathematics and taught algebra in the Atlanta public school system. She also owned and operated several businesses in Atlanta, including a clothing store, a shoe store, and a store that featured imported food and specialty products from Africa.
Sommore is also currently producing a documentary, developing several other projects for television and continues to perform her stand-up routine at venues across the country (see schedule below).