Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, exclusively on HBO, celebrates the legacy of the pioneering comedienne. Often referred to as “the funniest woman in the world,” the iconic African-American standup comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley broke racial and sexual boundaries and continues to inspire comedians, to this day. In her directorial film debut, modern-day comedy favorite Whoopi Goldberg pays homage to this pioneering talent while featuring recently unearthed photographs, rediscovered performance footage and interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Arsenio Hall, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Whoopi Goldberg talked about what led her to direct this documentary, what it was about Moms Mabley that really spoke to her, why her jokes still hold up today, so many years later, what she would say to Moms Mabley, as far as the impact she had on her life, and being an inspiration herself. She also talked about how she came to be voicing the White Rabbit’s wife for Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, and how she ended up with a role in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Check out what she had to say after the jump.