- Erica Ponder
Real Talk: Cocoa Brown, Melanie Comarcho speak about health, kids, success as they laugh their way t
By: Erica M. Ponder
CYPRESS, Texas — Oh yes, it was ladies’ night, and the feeling was definitely right as Dolce Ultra Lounge and Bistro headlined some of the best female comics across the country for “Laughter and Liberations.” The midweek-show was yet another successful event filled with laughter, delicious dishes, hypnotizing drinks and beautiful, funny women! The Cypress area club, owned by Houston business mogul Al Rucker, hosted comics Cocoa Brown, Keisha Hunt, Melanie Comarcho, Crystal Powell and spoken word artist and poet Nikki Da Kid.
Nikki Da Kid opened up the show as the first act with powerful, thought-provoking pieces that expressed her dislike for welfare and government assistance, depending on certain circumstances, as well as the dying breed of innocent, respect-driven children and teenagers that preoccupy the world we live in today. After Nikki’s dynamic performance, Hunt, small with an unabashed delivery, gave it to the audience raw and uncut as she talked about her son’s father and being incarcerated on multiple occasions. Powell, a Texas girl and fly in all of her glory, had everyone laughing as they could relate to her Black vs. White Star Spangled Banner renditions. These ladies had it going on, and proved that they could hang with any man in this industry!
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We got the chance to sit down with cutting-edge comediennes Brown and Comarcho. These ladies gave valuable insight about being successful in the industry as a woman and great advice about women wanting to actually grow while in the industry. Above all, these women love their children and have been making huge names for themselves for years!
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Brown, an actress that became a comic, was a joy to talk to as she spoke candidly about her new healthy lifestyle, being on Shaq’s Comedy All-Stars show and playing “Jennifer” in Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. This beauty started doing community theater when she was 10 years old, so she was not new to the acting industry in any way! Brown said theater was always a big part of her life, however, she never thought she could make a living out of it because of her traditional Southern background.
Brown also mentioned Tyler Perry’s impact on her thriving career. She said, “Tyler Perry has a plethora of fans, so to be a part of that camp, it just increased my visibility, it increased my fans, and Tyler Perry fans are very loyal, and you know they support you no matter what. Working with Mr. Perry has been an amazing experience. It’s been six years, six seasons working with the entire cast. It’s just been an amazing, amazing experience.”
Brown said that even though she is a comedian, she admires people like Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Ruby Dee. She respects the craft and has definitely done the work to be in front of the camera, and off the screen.
When sharing details about her new, healthy lifestyle, she credits her son. Being a single mother, she wanted to make sure she was living a life that would allow her to be around longer for him.
“Having him changed everything in terms of getting healthier and making sure that I’m here on this earth to raise my child and watch him grow up,” she said.
After finding out she was pre-diabetic, she decided to remove her limitations without the pressure of the industry.
Brown is now venturing into the producing world, and plans to take on wearing the “Director Hat” in 2017. The sky is truly the limit for this queen!
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