Exclusive Interview With Miss Bomba Claudie Creator, Steven Williams

Steven Williams is the creator of Miss Bomba Claudie and is the writer of the “Jamaican Talk Show Host”. In 2017, “The Inner Circle” a TV pilot co-written by Steven, debuted at HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival with a great response.  In 2020, Rhonda Mitchell MD a popular web series that Steven was also a co-writer made its debut on Apple TV and Tubi. Also in 2020, Rhonda Mitchel was picked up by NBC. 

Steven is signed by Crystal Ships Talent agency in New York City as a Television/Screenplay writer. Currently, Steven and his agent are pitching a TV sitcom featuring comedian Sommore to various TV production companies.

Hustle and Soul Magazine obtained an exclusive interview with Steven Williams.

We are thrilled to chat with you about all things Miss Bomba Claudie, but first please tell us how about you got your start in the entertainment industry.

I started my professional work career as a corporate trainer in the banking industry and I was always encouraged to do voice-over because all of my co-workers said that I had a nice voice. So I took voice-over classes and shortly after took acting classes. But after a while, I started to have more of an affection for acting than voice-over.

After studying acting and performing in a few small plays, I decided to focus on producing and writing my own plays.

How did Miss Bomba Claudie come about and what do you enjoy most about playing this role?

Back in 2006, I was writing for a comedy show for a small Harlem TV studio and came up with the idea of creating a whacky Jamaican crazy that was loosely based on my aunt Vilma. The other writers of the show loved the character and I decided to use the character for various stage plays that I was producing.

We would love to hear about your latest projects and upcoming shows. What can you share with us at this time?

My next project is a comedy play called, “Miss Bomba Claudie, The Jamaican Talk Show Host.” Miss Bomba Claudie, a rambunctious 65-year-old Jamaican woman, has always dreamed of having her own advice talk show. Her niece, Maxine, then comes up with a brilliant idea of live-streaming a talk show from their Brooklyn apartment and she also arranges for people to come to the apartment to appear as guests on the show.

But on the day of the live stream for Miss Bomba Claudie’s advice talk show, things don’t go as well as planned because she is constantly being interrupted by her roommate and family members. Also, to make matters worse Miss Bomba Claudie’s quick Jamaican temper and her brutal honesty cause lots of conflict between her and her guest. Meanwhile, Maxine is doing all she can to maintain an atmosphere of sanity on the show.

Who are some of your favorite comedians and why?

My favorite comedian is Dave Chappelle because he is a master at story-telling. His ability to keep you engaged in the story is amazing and I try to achieve this same element of storytelling in my writing as well. I also admire Katt Williams for his ability to push the envelope comedically and drop elements of truth within his comedic routines.

In what ways do you want to make an impact in the world through your creative career?

I want my work to make people think about how we are connected in this world and I want to force people to look beyond race and color. I want to use comedy to peel back the layers of the entire human race and show that we are really all the same at the end of the day. I also want my work to force people to look into their own lives.

When you’re not portraying Miss Bomba Claudie, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love writing screenplays and tv sitcoms because my writing abilities go beyond the Miss Bomba Claudie character. I love writing because it never seems like a job or a burden to me,

I also spend lots of time watching documentaries on successful celebrities and politicians. And one of my guilty pleasures is playing hours of Madden 23 on the PlayStation 5.

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

One of my dreams is to create a limited TV series about Whitney Houston in her younger years growing up in New Jersey and pursuing her solo singing career. I am going to use my own funds to produce a small teaser trailer and then try to pitch it to Netflix and HBO.

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