Sunday Spotlight: Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg discusses her documentary on trailblazing comedian Moms Mabley.
3:47 | 05/05/13

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Transcript for Sunday Spotlight: Whoopi Goldberg
Our "sunday spotlight" this week shines on whoopi goldberg. This time for what the oscar-winner has done behind t camera. She's a driving force behind a fascinating new documentary that brings a comedy pioneer back to life. Some of you might remember seeing moms mabley once or twice on tv.Whoopi's film, "i got something to tell you," makes it clear that those appearances were just a capstone to a trail blazing career. She was the first and only woman, stand up, for 40 years, black or white. She was thonly one doing it. Most of us discovered moms in THE '60s, YOU KNOW, FROM THE Records. And from her appearances on the different shows that used to be on. I'd like to introduce to you, now, a lady who has been one of the most popular comediennes in the united states for 40 years. Look at this black woman on television. Hey, everybody. There's somebody black on. Ladies and gentlemen, meet moms mabley. An entire two generations had come and nobody knew who she was. Her comedy was funny to me. And I thought the best thing to do was to make a documentary. What I discovered, what i thrilled about, is the comedy holds up. It's still funny. You know, moms n't like old men. No? Anytime you see me with my arms around an old man, I'm holding him for the police. She's wearing, you know, what we would call a gilligan's hat and a house coat, which no one wears anymore. And socks or stockings that were mismatched and men's slippers. And no teeth. There were no teeth in her mouth. But she was able to talk about, AT LEAST IN THE '60s AND THE LATE '50s, ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT Were pertinent to america. Being segregation and how to change it. And how black youth should be, in a way that you don't even realize that that's what she's doing. So, she was putting a lot out there, in a subtle, smart way. I look back on it now. And I go, wow. You know, that's pretty ballsy what she's doing. It was a surprise that so many people felt so deeply about moms and how she's sort of influenced comedy because without her, so many of us, black, white, asian, hispanic, would not do the kind of work we do. This is a woman whose name deserves to be not forgotten again. She moves with me. her. And she kept me up for a good five, six months, saying you have to make this about me. You have to tell them who I am. When we showed it, we showed it on the big screen. In the back of my head I could hear her think, well, it's about time, whoopi. It's about time. It is about time. "I got something to tell you" will air on hbo. Now, we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the pentagon released the names of seven service members killed in afghanistan and kuwait. That is all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. And happy easter to my fellow orthodox christians. Check out "world news" with david muir tonight. And I'll see you tomorrow on "gma." Ayotte,campaigning:

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