NEW YORK — No one should do a double take over Showtime’s production of “The Queens of Comedy” standup special for an exclusive premiere late next month: Spike Lee’s “The Original Kings of Comedy” racked up a mirthful $38 million when Showtime sister company Paramount released it to theaters three months ago.
The four comics on “Queens,” all of whom have previously appeared on “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam” on HBO and the syndicated “Showtime at the Apollo,” are Miss Laura Hayes, Adele Givens, Sommore and Mo’Nique.
Walter Latham, who organized both the “Kings” and “Queens” comedy concert tours, is exec producer of the Showtime special. The director of “Queens,” Steve Purcell, filmed it at a theater in Memphis, one stop on the “Queens” tour. Pic features the concert and some behind-the-scenes byplay among the comics.
The comedians who did the “Kings of Comedy” tour and movie are Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac and Cedric “the Entertainer.”
“Queens” will bow on Showtime Jan. 27 at 11 p.m. and run a number of times. The lateness of the hour indicates that there’ll be few restrictions on the language used by the four comics.