Sommore (born Lori Ann Rambough), raised in Trenton, New Jersey, is an American comedian and actress. She and fellow comedians Mo’Nique, Laura Hayes, and Adele Givens were the stars of The Queens of Comedy tour in 2000, which garnered Sommore a wider fan base and got her registered in the Guinness’ Book of World Records, when she performed to a captivated audience of more than 50,000 people in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2001 made-for-television movie based on that tour was the highest-rated and longest running special in the history of the Showtime Network. With a winning combination of sass and class, Sommore offers audiences a hilarious, yet piercing look at today’s issues from a woman’s perspective. Sommore is the older half-sister of actress Nia Long.
Sommore was the first woman to host BET’s Comic View, and in 1995, she received the Richard Pryor Award for Comic of the Year. This lovely lady was a featured comic in the ‘Latham Entertainment Presents’ tour in 2002, where she was the only woman performer. That same year, Sommore made her film debut in Friday After Next. She’s also been featured in a number of other films including, Soul Plane and Dirty Laundry. She has hosted Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, and a bevy of other projects. Television sitcoms have also been a part of her repertoire, securing guest appearances on The Hughleys and The Parkers. The list goes on and on. The funny woman was even featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah proclaimed her “a force to be reckoned with.”
This highly acclaimed veteran is widely considered as one of America’s top comedic female entertainers. She is frank, fearless, and tackles controversial topics with wit, intelligence and style. More than a comedienne, Sommore is a writer, producer, and entrepreneur. She’s written and produced her very own comedy specials, The Queen Stands Alone, in 2008 and Chandelier Status in 2012. Both were filmed versions of her stand-up act, which debuted to rave reviews on Comedy Central and Showtime Networks respectively. Praised by critics, respected by her peers and adored by her fans, Sommore performs her stand-up act to sold-out audiences everywhere.
Never one to rest on her laurels, the undisputed Queen of Comedy continues to hone her skills and expand her reputation as a comedienne. She’ll be making yet another pit-stop here in Music City on December 17. Her last show will be Sunday night, Dec. 20. If you care to witness her and her comedic brilliance live and in person, pull up at Zanies.