Somewhere at a bank in Florida, there are staffers who have no idea that demure, low-key Lori Rambough, who comes in and handles her business quietly and then goes off into the sunshine, is best known as someone completely and totally different than her banking persona.
Like Clark Kent and Superman, like Beyonce and Sasha Fierce, Rambough has her own alter ego. Her name is Sommore. Rambough is the one who calls to do an interview, and she sounds more like a church lady than the profane, hilarious Sommore, who talks about her penchant for younger lovers, her desire for a huge behind and a whole host of other bawdy topics that will threaten to have you rolling on the floor for real.
This spring, Sommore, D.L. Hughley and Bruce Bruce will headline The Royal Comedy Tour, a multi-city outing that includes The “Tom Joyner Morning Show’s” own J. Anthony Brown, George Wilborn, Aries Spears and more. Kicking off in Nashville tonight, the tour hits Miami during Super Bowl weekend and moves on throughout the country until its end in late March.
We caught up with Rambough from her home in Florida – and she told us all about what it takes to become Sommore.
BlackAmericaWeb.com: You’re heading out soon on The Royal Comedy Tour.
SOMMORE: Man, it’s so good. First of all, it’s me, Bruce Bruce, D.L. Hughley, Don “DC” Curry, George Wilborn; we’re the main stable. It feels like the old-school comedy show. I’m so excited about it. You definitely want to bring your “A” game and prepare for the party.
So how did Lori Rambough become Sommore?
I’m a really, really quiet person. I’m more of the observant kind of person. I’m really laid back. People who don’t know me would never imagine that I’m a comedian. It’s a fantasy that I fulfill every weekend – everything from glamming up, getting dressed … all of that is fantasy to me. I wanted to create a character that was everybody’s friend. You know how you have that one girlfriend? You can’t wait to talk to her because she’s seen the latest “Oprah;” she knows every outfit that Beyonce has on … I wanted to create that. I knew her name had to be one word, so I chose Sommore because if she gave you something good, you’ll want some more.
What were you doing before Sommore was born?
I had already graduated from college; I was teaching algebra. And you know how you have that feeling like, This can’t be it for me. I read a book called “How to be a Stand-up Comedian,” and I’m telling you, I read the entire book. I’m one of those people who respect the art of something, and I did exactly what the book said, and it worked. The books talks about how to do find a manager, how to have a stage presence. When you’re broke, that’s the opportunity to spread your wings and do what you want to do. Do it while you’re broke.
How do you come up with your material?
The beautiful thing about stand-up comedy is that it doesn’t have to be true. If you can have 2 percent of truth in there, if they can visualize even a little bit of it, that’s what makes it funny. I’m watching everything. I’m in public areas interacting with all kinds of people because that’s where you get the true stories.