*This month, Centric will premiere its new talent show “Apollo Live,” an update of the “Amateur Night” portion of the syndicated “Showtime at the Apollo” series – where the audience is encouraged to boo an act that’s not on point.
Filmed inside of the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, “Apollo Live” will give its amateurs more than just bragging rights. Contestants can walk away with cash and prizes in addition to the respect of the toughest crowd in showbiz.
“I’ve been booed at the Apollo,” says Jamie Foxx, the executive producer of “Apollo Live” along with Marcus King and Don Weiner. “When I first went to New York as a young comedian and Sinbad brought me out, I think he kind of set me up, too, because he said, ‘We’ve got a West Coast comedian.’ Immediately they started booing before I even got on the stage.”
Executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Marcus King, and Don Weiner, the show features soul legend, Gladys Knight; veteran emcee Doug E. Fresh, and New Edition’sMichael Bivins as judges, while comedian Tony Rock will serve as host.
Below, Foxx explains why he wanted to “reboot” the Apollo.
“Apollo Live” premieres on Nov. 25 at 11 p.m. following the 2012 Soul Train Awards. Watch a preview below.
*It’s been a long time since anyone has been discovered on “Showtime at the Apollo.”
The opportunity may be returning soon as the show is coming back, but this time on BET. The network is finalizing a deal for a pilot to be produced by Jamie Foxx and the show’s original executive director, Don Weiner.
“Showtime” will continue along the same vein of tradition and will feature the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night.
The funny thing about all of this is that Foxx was booed off the stage as a young comedian at the Apollo. But look at him now, he’s large and in charge of the very same show.
*You know Mo’Nique, don’t you? Sure you do! You groaned at her role in “Soul Plane” and when she hosted “Showtime at the Apollo” you said, “She aight, but Steve Harvey was better.”
It took you damn near 2 years before you would admit “The Parkers” was funny. You hated and hated and now that she’s a world renowned darling you she’s the toast of the town.
But comedienne Mo’Nique … excuse us, Oscar-winning, international star Mo’Nique still loves you. But there’s one question she could do without.
The question asked of many stars when they reach what Hollywood deems their zenith to be: ‘What’s different now that you’re the s***?’ Is she tired of hearing it? That, in a nutshell, is what our Lee Bailey asked Monique.
“Great question” said Monique. She then reflected on it briefly. “I keep getting those questions like, ‘How’s your life changed since the Oscar’ I’m like ‘Well, I done told you already now.’ It’s like Hmm, what you want me to say to that?” Though she says she’s tired of that question this opinionated Baltimore native is never at a lost for words on any subject. Especially when that subject is hers truly.
“You know, I am very appreciative of that award as I am appreciative of the NAACP Image award as with every award that I’ve gotten during this journey. I’m appreciative of the award, but the reward is better. The reward of having changed some people’s lives is even better. So, the thing is ‘how my life changed after the Oscar’ just for me getting it the next day was great. But I feel like the universe would say ‘Is that it? Is that all? After all you’ve received and you’re going to base it all on that one night? Ok, ok!” We don’t think Monique has anything to worry about because it appears as though the universe, or somebody up there, has her best interest in mind.
Tune in next time to hear how Monique became successful in love and, wouldn’t you know it, old boy was right under her nose.