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Remembering Eddie Griffin's Energetic Two-Step Dance with His Mother Doris

Edduin Carvajal
Aug 03, 2021
05:15 P.M.
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Eddie Griffin, the actor and comedian best known for “Malcolm & Eddie,” took to Instagram to share a video showing him and his mother, Doris, dancing the two-step.


To celebrate his 50th birthday on July 15, 2018, he uploaded a clip that showed him and his mother doing the two-step in the lobby of Spectators, a hotel and pub in Kansas City.

In the footage, which has been posted twice, he wore a pair of royal blue loose-fitting pants and a button-down shirt in a matching shade of blue. He also had on white shoes and a matching white broad-brimmed hat.

Eddie Griffin at the VH1 Big In 2002 Awards on December 4, 2002, in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images


On the other hand, his mother put on black pants, a white shirt, and a long flowing black-and-white polka dot blouse over the top. She decided to go barefoot as she enjoyed the dance with her son.

For the caption, Griffin asked people from Kansas City:

“What y’all know about that 2 step? Me and my [queen] Mom [sic].”


Even though the comedian didn’t say that it was his birthday during the video or in the caption, his followers took to the comment section to congratulate him.

Most of them sent their best wishes, while others praised Griffin and his mom's relationship. One even said that the proud mother probably taught Griffin all those steps.


It was not the only post that the actor uploaded that night. He also shared a photo portraying him kneeling next to this mother while she relaxed in an armchair.

His brother was also featured in the image, as all three smiled up at the camera. They all seemed to be having a good time.



On National Daughters Day (September 25, 2018), Griffin honored his three look-alike daughters. Most of the photos showed him posing next to his daughters in different angles.

They appeared to do a lot of activities. Some others were pictures taken many years ago, proving that Griffin has not aged a day. For sure, he knows how to celebrate the women in his life.


Another feature that most people noticed with all those pictures was that he and his daughters are very similar. His followers admitted that the comedian has strong genes.

In a 2010 interview with Miami New Times, the actor discussed his parenting skills, saying that, since he was a single father, he had to be the “good cop” and the “bad cop” given the circumstance.



When you have been voted the class clown three times, you just have to add comedy to the list of career paths to be considered. However, his first love was dance.

At 16, he had opened his own dance studio and was choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows. After a dare by his cousin to go onto the stage for a three-minute show, Griffin ended up performing for 45 minutes, to huge applause.

After that night, he purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to try and make it as a comedian. At 16, Griffin married his sweetheart, Carla, and became a dad to Eddie. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 but was discharged within months for using marijuana, and then he got a divorce.


His world changed in 1994 when he lost his father and his mentally disabled older brother Luther, who committed suicide by dousing himself with gasoline and setting himself on fire.


In 1998, he had a heart attack during rehearsal, was clinically dead for one minute, and was still cracking jokes about it.

In 2011, he got married in Vegas to Nia Rivers. However, the marriage was over in less than six months. The couple both filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. Griffin is currently married to Ko Lee. The pair tied the knot in 2017.

As good as he is on stage, he is also good in movies, so much so that he won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2002.

He has appeared in movies such as "The Last Boy Scout," "Coneheads," and "Jason's Lyric." He later had his hit comedy series "Malcolm and Eddie" that lasted from 1996 to 2000.