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Stand Up Comedy

Mo'Nique is an award-winning, now Oscar-winning, talent (the 2010 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Mary Lee in "Precious") whose career began two decades16 years ago in her hometown of Baltimore. She took to the stage for the first time on a dare and the overwhelming response and standing ovation she received gave her the courage to pursue a comedy career professionally. From there, she gained visibility and immense popularity with performances on 'Showtime at the Apollo,' HBO's 'Def Comedy Jam,' BET's 'Comic View' and more. Before "Precious," she was best known as Nikki Parker in UPN's "The Parkers."