Laughter is GOOD

Today would have been my Mom’s 73rd birthday.


She was the most amazing woman I have ever known. She was caring and generous and an inspiration. Brave, fearless, tenacious, and all heart!

Mama also had a wicked sense of humor. I’m convinced my Comedy Jones came from her side of the family.

She did hair and makeup for a local funeral home…she loved it. She always said, “They never complain.” She also worked nights at a nursing home. “All they do is complain. Damn, I reckon they ain’t gonna hush until I get give ’em a press in curl in the pine box! ”

She would tell these outrageous stories with all manner of funny ass lies!  When she finished,  you would be left looking like raccon from crying or smelling like a pole cat because you peed  your pants. She just slayed. She’d always include a “Forgive me Baby Jesus” to cover for the lies.

I actually feel like I channel her and her late sister (also HYSTERICAL) in my recap videos. They would spend HOURS screaming at the TV over soap operas. They would come home from CHURCH!!! and get into a cussing hissy fit about their “stories.” One of the things I miss the most is calling her and laughing about what mayhem the McBrothas caused…. she loved a good “They live to break my shit!” story.

Humor seems to be the most desired, yet undervalued trait in the world—- TRUST ME, I’ve done comedy shows where I KILLED, but organizers paid me in warm Bud Light…THANKS! Did I mention someone even threw in a ceramic dog…yeah, everyone loves comedy… Oh, did I tell you about the time I was asked to drive 4 hours to a family Reunion in  The Klan May Hop In The Car With Ya, Kill You, and Kill You Again,  Mississippi and buy a tanker truck full of gas to get there, but they were gonna reward me by feeding me a FREE POPEYE’S Wicked Chicken Dinner? Oh, double oh, they got pissy because I told them I preferred KFC… yeah, they called me siditty which is Southern for ” Chiilllee, you ain’t no damn Kennedy!” When I asked what were they paying, the man told me, “We ain’t got no money to pay you. We already paid for the chicken plates!” Needless to say, I declined.

Being a comedian ain’t for the faint at heart. Everyone’s a critic and hardly anyone has the ovaries to get on stage.Oh, triple oooooohhhh, did I tell you about the time MY OWN DAMN MAMA heckled me at an open mic? She screamed at me, “You just  assed up the punchline; I was just helping… so you wouldn’t be shamed in front of all these people” Thanks Mom :)

Laughter is truly healing. Laughter has a way of bring people together the way nothing else can. Laughter is a soothing balm on life’s pain.

So, instead of spending the day being sad, I decided to spend the day remembering her laugh and her “bawdy church lady” sense of humor!

In honor of my Mom and in honor of her sense of humor, I wanted to share a couple of things I found on the interwebs that would SURELY make her laugh and smile.


There is NOTHING my Mom loved more than a good, self- assured BAD SINGER. This guy has created a niche on YouTube being a horrible singer. He is actually making a living from posting BAD cover songs…. think about…somewhere in LA there’s a really terrific singer who is not making ends meet, and THIS GUY is getting close to 100k hits.

Lesson: Find your niche. It ain’t pretty, but his cover of Wrecking Ball will leave you breathless!

Fearlessness! My Mom LOVED Taylor Swift, as do I. I mostly love how Taylor does not give one damn about busting a move at award shows! And she does not give a damn about you judging her, either. Because she’s TAYLOR SWIFT, and she’s gangsta like that.



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Lesson: You gotta stop caring what other people think about you… DANCE LIKE EVERYBODY is watching and they are jealous of your moves! Haters gon’ hate.  Watch more of Tay breaking  it down here! Get it, girl.


LUCY and ETHEL UM, is their a more perfect comedy pairing than LUCY + ANYONE?

ANSWER: HELL to the absolute no!!!

This classic scene from the candy factory always made my mom SCREAM LAUGH!  Check it out here !

Lesson: Do what you’re good at :)) OR at least do a gig you suck at that pays you in chocolate.

I think we could all add a little more laughter in our lives :) If you’re feeling down, just Google laughing babies…it’ll make you feel better!

Have a great week!


P.S. Feel free to leave a comment and links to what you think is funny or makes you smile!



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7 Responses to Laughter is GOOD

  1. Sheryl Kurland January 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    A lovely tribute to your Mom, Tangela. I know she’s looking over you and bursting with pride….and still laughing her a*s off!

    • Tangela January 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Thank you, Sheryl! I certainly hope so! Hope all is well with you :))

  2. Sharon January 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    Indeed, Tangela, laughter is the soothing balm on life’s pain. Such a nice tribute.

    Peace & light

  3. Beth Picard January 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    YOU always make me laugh Tangela and I am sure you mother is loving that you got this from her and are so good at it! Great birthday present for your mother- and I am so glad to finally see a picture of her :) xoxo

  4. Sharon Stinson January 23, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    Hi you are such a great person and daughter. Your mom is looking down on you and is crazy proud of you. You talked about her with so much love and pride. I wish I could have met her. Thank you for bringing the joy of laughter to the world. Have a blessed day

  5. Kim Feaster January 23, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Laughter is healing. What a lovely way to celebrate your mother’s life. You look just like her…beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gift of laughter.

  6. Lauraetta January 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Tangela!
    It sounds like your momma and my momma could’ve been sisters because my momma would and DID say the most outrageous things with a straight face! Boy, she was funny without even trying to be. I miss her so. And it’s her gift of laughter that gets me out of any funky mood that I may find myself in. I’ll think of some of the crazy things that she would say and have myself a good ole laugh session! Also as a person who rides public transportation everyday, I see soooo many things that make laugh.
    Thank you, Tangela for sharing your Momma stories and allowing me to share as well.