Sommore: Mid-2000s top-grossing female comedian; small and silver screen star; queen of comedy

Raised in close-knit family, credited academic encouragement for comedic talent

Initially pursued business and math for financial security; shifted to comedy in 1990s

Developed unique comedic style with astute observations; embraced authenticity

Awarded 1995 Richard Pryor Award; hosted BET's Comicview; part of "Queens of Comedy" tour

Became highest-grossing female comedian by 2000; achieved Guinness World Record