With the sass of Moms Mabley, the shock of Redd Foxx and the class of Cicely Tyson, Arlene has carved a niche of her own on the stage. As the New York Times raves; McGruder delivers a powerhouse performance.” -NYTimes.com
The comedy scene welcomed her with open arms by nominating her for the New York City Black Comedy Awards (1995) in the category of Best New Jack Female Comedienne. Comedy club performance credits include: In New York - Stand-Up New York, Sweetwaters Boston Comedy Club and Gotham; Peppermint Lounge (East Orange, NJ); Uptown Comedy Corner (Atlanta, GA); All Jokes Aside and Comedy Clique (Chicago, IL).
The plays and clubs listed above are just a few of the venues where Arlene McGruder has left audiences slayed laughting or crying in their seats.
Theatermania.com states it best: “The most dynamic performance belongs to McGruder”