Tyler Perry started out with a play he wrote called "I Know I've Been Changed. Based on child abuse that he suffered from his childhood. This play got rave reveiws because of the storyline. He starred as Mr. Joe which was revealed in later works to be the brother of his most famous character, Mable Simmons.
But Perry never gave up cause in late 1999 he started to tour "I Can Do Bad All By Myself". The play was about Vianne, a recently divorced woman who lives with her 68 year old grandmother, Mable Simmons. When arguments start to stir Madea has to handle it. Through out the years Tyler Perry has written over 12 plays including movies like, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married?. Including his two famous tv shows, House of Payne and Meet the Browns. He even has his own company, Tyler Perry Studios and higher rated movie company, 34th Street Films.