HBO Grabs Whoopi Goldberg's Moms Mabley

'I Got Somethin' to Tell You' chronicles career of influential femme African-American comedian

Whoopi Goldberg has inked a deal with HBO for TV and homevid rights to her docu on comedian Moms Mabley, which marks Goldberg’s directorial debut.

“Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You,” produced by Goldberg, Tom Leonardis and George Schlatter, will have its world premiere Saturday at the Tribeca fest.

The feature-length doc tells the story of the influential African-American femme comedian, Jackie Mabley, who died in 1975. She was known for pushing the boundaries of racial and sexual topics. Doc is set to bow on HBO later this year.

“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.”

In the doc, Goldberg explores Mabley’s legacy through recently discovered photography, old performance footage and interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

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