“As far as what people term dirty, I consider normal, because most people use the type of words I use throughout the day, but I don’t get up until night so that’s when I use them. It makes a nice payday for me,” Jon Elroy Sanford once said.

“Quit it if you can’t do nothing wit it. If you can do something wit it, get it!” The “it” that was spoken of by the author of the quote, Loretta Mary Aiken, could very well be attributed to the talent she possessed.

Thursday, Oct. 1, to set off their new initiative called the Apollo Comedy Club, which will see the theater returning to its comedic roots, the Apollo Theater took the opportunity to officially induct comedic icons and Apollo Legends into the Apollo Walk of Fame. This Walk of Fame ceremony marks the first time that the theater will induct non-musical artists into the Apollo Walk of Fame, though all three of the inductees had a longstanding relationship with the theater. Sanford and Aiken represent two of the three inductees.

While plying his trade as an entertainer in the early 1940s on the Chitlin’ Circuit, Sanford grew the experience and confidence needed to become the trailblazer for which he is now recognized. While settling in Harlem, N.Y., for a spell, one of his homies, Detroit Red (aka Malcolm Little), gave him the distinction of being “the funniest dishwasher on this earth.” In the mid-1950s, his following grew exponentially when recordings of his risque routines were pressed to vinyl. When the dust cleared, it had sold roughly 20 million copies. In 1972, national mainstream fame was finally achieved when his surname was incorporated into the hit sitcom “Sanford and Son.”

For Aiken, the path was similar. In fact, it was the path she created. In the early 1900s, Aiken, at 14, ran away to Cleveland to join a traveling vaudeville show, where she sang and entertained. She took her stage name, “Jackie Mabley,” from an early boyfriend. She explained to Ebony magazine in a 1970s interview that he’d taken so much from her, the least she could do was to take his name. During the 1920s and 1930s, in the midst of her run to become the top comic in the nation, she managed an appearance in the film version of “The Emperor Jones” with Paul Robeson. Although she made her New York City debut at a spot called Connie’s Inn in Harlem, it was at the Apollo Theater that her legend was solidified.

The last honoree, Richard Pryor, needs no introduction. His place in history has long been etched, and a new biopic that will bring his story to a whole new generation is set to go into production in the very near future. In an old interview from the show “Tony Brown’s Journal,” Pryor shared, “Everybody that’s anybody [Black] played the Apollo. You gotta get over at the Apollo, and I worked there twice, so I feel happy. When you walked out on stage, they had this thing on the wall behind your name that read, ‘To be or not to be, Richard Pryor.’ I went out and I clicked. That was a great beginning for me. I loved that feeling. I don’t think I ever had that anywhere else. I performed a lot and got good reactions but nothing like that ever in my career.”

Jonelle Procope, Apollo president and CEO, shared in her opening remarks, “The entertainer’s path to fame included our beloved Apollo. Their accomplishments have forever altered the American cultural landscape, and their influence continues to inspire and inform the young artists who grace the Apollo stage today. We’re honoring three comedians, Richard Pryor, Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley and Redd Foxx, who have been integral to the Apollo’s impact on the development of American popular culture.”

As for the new commitment to comedy, Bob Sumner, partner at LAFF MOBB Enterprises and producer of Def Comedy Jam, can now add “curator of Apollo Comedy Club” to his resume. Of the new partnership, Sumner enthuses, “A lot of legends were made here [the Apollo]; I made a few with the brand I was associated with, now the Apollo and Bob Sumner together! We’re about to make some magical moments happen.”

The comedy shows will regularly precede the theater’s weekend music series, “Apollo Music Cafe,” extending the theater’s late night offerings.

Perhaps a legend in the eyes of the present generation, Martin Lawrence is set to make a rare performance as a standup comedian. The show is set for Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. A few tickets remain at Foxwoods.com.

Over and out. Holla next week. Till then, enjoy the nightlife.