Today, the comedy world has lost another one of its stars. Comedian Simply Marvalous, whose real name is Marva L. Moncrieffe, has reportedly passed this morning in Baton Rouge, LA. As of now her cause of death has not been revealed but it appears the veteran comedian was a patient at a local Hospice in the city of Baton Rouge. A funeral has already been arranged for Moncrieffe on August 11th.
At the height of her career, Marvalous graced the stages of Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comic View and featured in films like ‘House Party 3’, and ‘Class Act’. With talks about equality for women in entertainment at the forefront today, Marvalous represented an early wave of women showing they deserve an equal chance. Fellow comedian, Thea Vidale would take to Twitter to remember Marvalous’s life and made sure that she would be remembered as a pioneer.
Simply Marvalous never got her due credit as a Black woman pioneer in Comedy, just because of the way the business treats black women. This sister helped open the doors. She went on to be with the lord today. Such a huge loss. I love her. May her soul rest in love.
According to IMBD, Marvalous’s last known credit was 2005 indie-film ‘A Get2Gether’. Check out one of her most popular performances, below.