Vicki Lawrence: 'Mama' Lets Her Talk About What's Bugging Her

Created: February 01, 2019 11:55 AM

Vicki Lawrence says her "Mama" character is her version of Chris Rock, allowing her to talk about everything that's bugging her.

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Lawrence still performs the cranky Southern grandmother decades after the character debuted on The Carol Burnett Show.  She later got her own show, Mama's Family.

"I get to talk about everything that's bugging me, everything is bugging everybody, and it's really been fun to keep her topical and push her into the new century," Lawrence said in an interview with the Associated Press.

"She's still an ornery old lady like she always was and she's still funny as hell, but she's concerned about a lot of the stuff that's going on in the world. I mean she has an opinion about everything, you know, from gay marriage to women driving in the car putting their makeup on, to cooking shows to what's going to happen to my Social Security. You know, she's got a lot to worry about," Lawrence said.

Both The Carol Burnett Show and Mama's Family are being run nationally on MeTV, exposing the shows to a new audience that missed them the first time around.  Lawrence says she's amazed how the Mama character has spanned so many generations, with people sometimes seeing Mama's Family first and then realizing that the character started earlier on The Carol Burnett Show.

"They start watching the Burnett show online and they find you backwards. They come back to the show and they go, 'Wow you were really hot when you were young,' and it's sort of like this weird back to the future thing. And it's kind of amazing how you just keep spanning all these generations and have a character that that many generations relate to and love," she said.

Lawrence says the Mama character was a gift from Burnett, since Burnett didn't want to play the part.

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