It is time. It is time that I lifted the veil on the true and deeper meaning behind Synclaire on Living Single’s “Woo Woo Woo”. I want you to know that is more than just a beloved sitcom catch phrase. It was not created late at night in a writer’s room, nor is it borrowed from the great singer Jeffery Osborne. It originates with my mother Bernice who is a wonderful mother and who possesses equal parts love… and humor. When my baby brother or I had any kind of pain, hurt or disappointment, we were consoled with her loving words, “Woo Woo Woo.” We were instantly reassured and comforted. Years later, I asked her to explain the meaning. She said to me, “Who knows the meaning? All I wanted was for your pain to go away and for you to feel better.” All we knew is that the tone was calming and that there seemed to be a promise inherent that everything was gonna be okay. It always was.
One day during rehearsal on the set of Living Single, one of the other characters was feeling disappointed or sad about something and I adlibbed, “Woo Woo Woo”. Our Executive Producer laughed out loud and I noticed that when we received the revised script the next day, my phrase was there. When we did the show in front of a live audience, and we heard the reaction I instantly knew that I would see “WooWooWoo”
show up again, and it certainly did!
Some actors are legendary for their negative reactions to their old sitcom catch phrases. Not me, strangers say “Woo Woo Woo” to me all the time and I embrace it! It means that it resonated in someone what’s really UNDERNEATH the words.
What do I think it means? I will tell you. It means I love you. I acknowledge you. I feel you. I am on your side. I got your back. I support you. I am your friend. All is well. Its gonna be okay. And if you think about it, it always is.