After the premiere of comedian Mo Amer’s Netflix special Mo, his bits about “being divorced” gave rise to the question “does Mo Amer have a wife?” Comedian Mo Amer’s new Netflix show Mo has taken a few bits from his real life and incorporated them to build a show for his fans. In his standup, Mo revealed that he was divorced. One character on the show, Maria, is Mo’s love interest on the show. The character reminds viewers of his real-life now ex-wife.
In the 2021 Netflix special, comedian Mo revealed that he divorced his wife during the pandemic.
Below, you’ll learn about his ex-wife and his step-daughter. So, keep on scrolling down to learn more about her.
Does Comedian Mo Amer Have A Wife?
Yes, comedian Mo Amer had a wife (ex) named Peggy Mae Gutierrez Amer before he got divorced. They met each other on the course of doing open mics.
Speaking with Comedy Scene In Houston, Mo told, “Steve Stricklin, 1999 Houston Funniest Person winner, told me I ought to go to the Comedy Showcase. “Look I’m working there, you ought to come out”. My buddy Nick took me out to the Showcase and that’s where I saw my wife Peggy on stage doing stand-up.”
It is unclear, after how long they started dating each other and tied the knots.
According to Uni Court, Mo filed for divorce on 25 March 2021. The case was filed in Harris County District Courts. Although he hasn’t shared much about his wife, he has talked about his ex-wife on his socials.
In June 2014, Mo wrote about his wife donating her kidney to her father. He wrote the FB status, “Today is the day we got Peggy Amer and Danny Martinez checked in to the Hospital. Peggy will be donating a kidney to her father tomorrow morning. I can’t tell you how proud I am of my wife. She has stepped up to the plate and is hitting a grand slam.”
He concluded, “It takes a lot of courage, fearlessness, love, and devotion to her family to do such a selfless act. I got my cheerleading outfit on and I’m ready to go. Pray for their health”.
As an update he wrote a day later, “Peggy Amer and Danny Martinez are out of surgery by the grace of the Divine. By all accounts, Peggy’s kidney responded immediately to Danny and is in recovery. It’s still early, however, everything went well. Danny’s first words were “Do you want to snuggle? Nobody will notice” I told him, everyone will most certainly notice!! I did it anyway. Peggy woke up trying to fix her hair. So cute!!”.
Also, on Mother’s Day 2017, Mo wished his wife, “I wanted to wish this beautiful woman a very happy Mother Day. Thank you for sticking it out with me all these years. You are a wonderful mother to Elyse and daughter to your parents. Thank you and bless you. I can’t wait to see you!!”.
Moreover, talking about her job, Peggy shared on her TikTok that she is working as a nurse. She is currently based in Pasadena, Texas. Peggy turned 51 years old in May 2022.
Does Comedian Mo Amer Have Any Kids?
No, Comedian Mo Amer doesn’t have a kid as he and his ex-wife didn’t share any. However, Peggy has a daughter from her previous relationship.
Peggy had her daughter Elyse Bennett with her ex-husband Brian Bennett. Elyse turned 26 years old in April 2022. She studied Computer Information Systems at the University of Houston. Moreover, she worked in SEO at TopSpot Internet Marketing. Talking about her dating life, she has been in a relationship since 20 February 2017.
As for Peggy’s ex-husband Brian, he is a Corporate Trainer at Fajita Pete’s. He formerly worked as Director of Operations at Cicis Pizza. His Facebook states that he is single and is currently based in Humble, Texas.
How Much Is Comedian Mo Amer Net Worth?
As of this article, Mo Amer’s net worth is above $1 million.
Mo’s first introduction to comedy was when he was 10 years old. His brother Amer took him to see Bill Cosby’s show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He said, “Bill Cosby was co-headlining with the band Alabama. I saw Bill Cosby in front of a sold-out crowd and he was destroying from nosebleed seats on down. He was on a rotating stage sitting down on a chair and talking into a lapel mic.”
Furthermore, his first impression of him was “whatever this guy is doing I want to do this”. In 9th grade, his English teacher gave him the opportunity to pursue stand-up full time. In this first show, he played an Indian pizza delivery guy who gets mugged which contained physical comedy. After that, he actively performed stand-up all through high school.
At the age of 17, Mo competed in Houston Funniest Person Contest in 1999. Though he didn’t perform well he then learned about open mics and his career thrived eventually. However, the 911 attack affected his career immensely.
Mo was the first Arab-American comic to perform for troops all over the world. Unfortunately, the 9/11 attacks occurred, leading his family to assume that his professional life was gone, but Mo believed that it would advance him. To avoid upsetting the audience, he had to take extra precautions and even make up a story about his ethnicity. He kept his Arab identity a secret for six months because he thought being a comedian required honesty.
He said, “It took me four months before I could open up to audiences as myself. After 9/11 that goal became even more important to me.”
Moreover, Mo added, “For a month after 9/11 I was Italian and I hated it. Stand-up is about being honest and truthful. If you’re not honest, you’re not funny. I felt I wasn’t doing stand-up anymore. I felt like I was a joke within a joke. And I thought of my grandparents, may they rest in peace, and that they’d be ashamed of me pretending to be something I am not. And I hated it. I realized who cares how people are going to think of me, that’s not who I am. They are going have to get over themselves because once you get to know me you’re going to love me.”
Comedian Mo Amer Parents
Comedian Mo Amer had quite a difficult upbringing. When the Iraqi military invaded Kuwait, his father everything and sold as much as he could to get rice, water, and essentials for his family to survive. His mother smuggled Mo’s sister Haifa and him out of Kuwait when he was 9 years old.
Mo said, “It felt like a movie.”
“There was a school bus that would go through Bagdad and keep driving to Amman, Jordan. My father was able to get some cash for Mom to take my sister and I out of the country. My mom made two money belts: one for my sister and one for her because women weren’t searched,” Mo reflected. “I saw my mom cut a perfect line behind each zipper and hide money in there and then sew it up. What she couldn’t fit in the purse she hid underneath the lining of our big suitcase. There was no way you could tell. It was brilliant.”
Moreover, he and his sister were in Amman, Jordan for two weeks. Then, she sent him and his sister to Paris and from Paris straight to Houston. They arrived in the United States shortly after his ninth birthday in October 1990.
After that, his mother returned to Kuwait because his brother and his father were still there. Kuwait officials imprisoned and tortured his father for being an opinionated individual.
Mo’s father died. And later on, he said, “They accused him of being a spy. During that time, they neglected his insulin. I’m a hundred percent certain that’s what shortened his life. He passed away in 1995. I was a 14-year-old lost kid, at that time, swirling with emotions and with very few ways to express those emotions.”
Comedian Mo Amer Height
Mo Amer’s height measures above 6 feet 3 inches.
How Old Is Comedian Mo Amer?
Born in 1981, comedian Mo Amer turned 40 years old in 2021.
Where Did Comedian Mo Amer Grew Up?
Comedian Mo Amer spent his early childhood in Kuwait. He grew up in Houston, Texas.
What Is Comedian Mo Amer Ethnicity?
Comedian Mo Amer is middle-eastern American by nationality.