Tyler Perry Delivers A Christmas Present

Tyler Perry has known Madea for fifteen years now, but he confesses that she still can surprise him. “There are moments when her jokes come up, and I find myself laughing as I hear them,” says Perry, who created the outspoken southern matriarch in a 1999 play, I Can Do Bad All By Myself. He has since played Madea (pronounded Muh-DEE-uh) in nine plays and seven films-including his newest, A Madea Christmas. Madea is foul-mouthed and ill-tempered-and unrepentant about both. …