Posted by | Ray Cornelius

HBO has just purchased the U.S. broadcast and home video rights to Whoopi Goldberg’s new documentary on the life of legendary comedienne, Moms Mabley. The film, Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You  premieres tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival and is Goldberg’s directorial debut. It features newly discovered photos and performance footage along with commentary from today’s iconic comedians and entertainers including Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Eddie Murphy and Quincy Jones.

Moms Mabley

“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,” said Goldberg in a statement. “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.”

Moms Mabley is considered one of the first triple X-rated comedians and discussed everything from gender, sex and racism. She died in 1975.

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