Valderrama who referees verbal smackdowns in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta, on MTVs Yo Momma had to explain the origins of yo momma jokes to his own mom before she could really understand the humor behind his show.
Valderrama says, I had to explain to my mom that here in the United States, there is this phenomenon on the streets where you tell yo momma jokes. I told her theyre not really meant to be mean, but theyre meant to be funny, and that theyre not really about her.
But Valderrama admits the concept of mom jokes was sometimes lost in translation, since his mom is from Venezuela, where people dont generally badmouth mommas.
He says, In Latin culture you dont talk about your mom, ever. Thats what gets people shot!
Still, Valderramas mom has been able to catch on to the yo momma slang, which makes her son proud.
Valderrama adds, Now my mom gets it and she finds the show so hilarious. Shes like, Oh my God Wilmer, I get it, shes fat like a whale. Ha, ha!
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