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Tyler Perry announces new “Madea” tour, discusses Whitney Houston’s funeral

Madea is heading for the Fox Theatre this spring

Madea is heading for the Fox Theatre this spring

Tyler Perry is taking “Madea” on the road again this spring, and discussed his role in Whitney Houston’s funeral during today’s visit with CBS This Morning.

“The family had asked me to do it,” Perry said during the discussion with Gayle King and Charlie Rose. “Our entire relationship was private. Nobody knew that I knew her. I would have much rather not have been there, or not even have been at a funeral for her, but since they asked I did.”

Perry was among the speakers at Houston’s service on Saturday, quoting Scripture as he eulogized his friend. After her sudden death the day before the Grammy awards, Perry arranged for Houston’s remains to be transported east by private plane.

King asked a follow-up question but Perry kept things close to the vest: ” Because as you know I have not said anything about this publicly, I have not talked about this. Our relationship was private and I chose to have it remain that way.”

He did discuss his role in his upcoming movie, “Good Deeds,” saying: “It’s easier for me to hide behind a costume, it’s easier to for me to make people laugh but to be out with a character… who was so close to my own life, that was very difficult because I feel like people are looking at me.”

Coincidentally Perry, writing as his alter ego Madea, has posted a message on his web site in Madea’s unmistakable voice to announce a new road show:

“Hellur! This is Madea,” the note begins. “I was coming on this interlink email thang to let y’all know that I’m going on tour. That’s right, on the road in a bran new play called MADEA GETS A JOB!! Times done got hard on my side of town so I went to work. They making an old woman come out of retirement. This show is hilarious. I can’t wait to get out there and make you hurt yoself laughin.”

Perry has just finished filming “Madea’s Witness Protection” and wrapped “The Marriage Counselor,” a non-Madea movie, before that. The “Madea Gets a Job” live tour kicks off with a March 15-18 run in Memphis.  It will play at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from April 12-15 and tickets are available through the Fox Theatre’s site.

Hallelujer!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

14 comments Add your comment

What?

February 20th, 2012
12:46 pm

No Whitney Houston blogs?

Packed Colon

February 20th, 2012
12:50 pm

Just had to do it…….One more blog entry regarding Whitney Houston.

Who are you hoping will die next so you can inundate us with 30 plus blogs regarding their life and death?

tyler who?

February 21st, 2012
8:13 am

he is just so weird to me.

Theatrice Collier

February 21st, 2012
9:00 am

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Theatrice Collier

February 21st, 2012
9:09 am

I thank God for such a positive person that is doing positive things, and wants to be and do positive things. The world needs more people like you! Keep doing what you are doing, Keep your hand in God’s hand, and he will continue to direct your path. Keep telling people, and exposing, or planting seed and God to make them grow!!! God Bless you!!!

KimZ'sPackage

February 22nd, 2012
12:17 am

another MEDIA movie? Are you kidding? Sorry Madea same as Media. If people will pay for more of that crap I finally understand how Obama actually got elected.

Carole Smith

February 22nd, 2012
7:20 am

Hellur…….I LOVE Tyler Perry and my (white) girlfriends do, too!!!! I will be at The Fabulous Fox to see the newest Madea play. Hope I don’t ‘hurt’ myself laughing…………….

FLORIDA-BOI

February 23rd, 2012
12:29 pm

YES SIR ..I WILL BE THERE..THATS MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

Gloria Short

February 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

Yes, yes and yes, I will be at the Fox to see this one too!! I haven’t missed one yet, so why not?? Besides, I adore Tyler Perry he’s so positive and a great role model….I love you Tyler!!

Cleona Love

February 24th, 2012
10:52 am

when are you coming to Houston. The “HYPE”, at HCC: Houson Community College would love to do a 15 minute interview. Inspiring the students is what you do.

Thank you
Cleona Love
Office of International Student Services
Reporter for The “HYPE” at HCC-TV
3100 Main St. MC 1138
Houston, TX 77002

Valerie

February 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

Looking forward to Madea gets a job ! LOL ! :)

Jacquie M.X.

February 24th, 2012
5:06 pm

Madea movies are funny. Just like the Chevy Chase, Cheech and Chong and Wayan Bros. comedies, they are not for everyone but, hey, he’s not trying to win an Oscar with Madea movies — just trying to make folk laugh. And Lord knows we can ALL use a laugh. . . .’ cause gas is just TOO DAMN HIGH! Hall-lay-loo-yer?

Danielle Walker

February 24th, 2012
5:38 pm

First off I would like to say I love Madea’s Movies and plays. I think what he is doing is amazing. I was always taught that if you don’t like someone or something that someone is doing than don’t waste you negative remarks where its not wanted. To Tyler Perry keep doing what your doing there are millions of people that love you. For every 1 person that don’t like your material there are at least 20 more who love your work.

hope

February 25th, 2012
2:59 am

he so awesome, God Bless him!!!!!!!!!!