Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 28-year-old two-woman comedy returns to the stage as one of the city’s theater companies celebrates a big anniversary.
Gigi Barnett has more on the “Thunder Thigh Revue” Reunion.
Before full-figured singers and actors like Queen Latifah and Jill Scott hit the stage, there was the “Thunder Thigh Revue.” It features Baltimore actors Joyce Scott and Kay Lawal-Muhammad. Back in the early 80s, the two friends chronicled their struggles with weight, food and love on stage and called the hit comedy, “The Thunder Thigh Revue.” Now the ladies are bringing it back–with a twist.
“Today, it’s examining the issue of fat, and taking responsibility for the obesity,” said Lawal-Muhammad.
The show first debuted at the Theater Project years ago. This year, the company asked the comediennes to revive their show to celebrate the theater’s 40th anniversary.
Lawal-Muhammad and Scott tell their stories with song and humor. Lawal-Muhammad says the laughter softens the tough subject of obesity among African-American women while getting the audience to think.
They are concerned about being healthy, not just sexy.
“It’s something we need to look it. Our lives are at stake now,” she said.
“Thunder Thigh Revue” starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday.
It is directed by comedienne Rain Pryor, the daughter of Richard Pryor.