In Honor of Jackie Washington Day, Here Are All of the Jenifer Lewis Videos We Love

(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Family Museum)
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Family Museum)

I’m not sure who’s a bigger national treasure: Jackie Washington or Jenifer Lewis. But since July 15 is Jackie Washington Day, I guess it’s best to start off with explaining who Jackie Washington is.


Jackie Washington is the fictional character Lewis played in Lifetime’s 1999 mockumentary Jackie’s Back. The film, although a Lifetime movie, is now considered a cult classic, basically because Lewis killed the role.

In the movie, Washington’s hometown always celebrated her accomplishments on July 15, and therefore, even in real life, on July 15, people celebrate the accomplishments of Jenifer Lewis.

So, in honor of Jackie Washington Day, here are some of Lewis’ best performances ever.


“I Don’t Want Nobody”—Jenifer Lewis, Roz Ryan and Brandy

Jenifer Lewis on The Wayne Brady Show

Jenifer Lewis: “Black Don’t Crack”

Jenifer Lewis and Shangela

Jenifer Lewis and Josh Gad:

Jenifer Lewis at Catch One:

Jenifer Lewis: What’s Love Got to Do With It

Jenifer Lewis: In Living Color

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She is a national treasure.