on the real side a history of african american comedy

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On The Real Side

Author : Mel Watkins
ISBN : 9781569767603
Genre : Humor
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This comprehensive history of black humor sets it in the context of American popular culture. Blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos 'n' Andy show presented a distorted picture of African Americans; this book contrasts this image with the authentic underground humor of African Americans found in folktales, race records, and all-black shows and films. After generations of stereotypes, the underground humor finally emerged before the American public with Richard Pryor in the 1970s. But Pryor was not the first popular comic to present authentically black humor. Watkins offers surprising reassessments of such seminal figures as Fetchit, Bert Williams, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx, looking at how they paved the way for contemporary comics such as Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Cosby.

On The Real Side

Author : Mel Watkins
ISBN : UOM:39015032535604
Genre : Humor
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A history of African-American humor reassesses traditional stereotypes and offers a new appreciation of the performers

Laughing Mad

Author : Bambi Haggins
ISBN : 0813539854
Genre : Performing Arts
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Prior to the civil rights movement, comedians performed for audiences that were clearly delineated by race. Black comedians performed for black audiences and white comedians performed for whites. Yet during the past forty-five years, black comics have become progressively more central to mainstream culture. In Laughing Mad, Bambi Haggins looks at how this transition occurred in a variety of media and shows how this integration has paved the way for black comedians and their audiences to affect each other. Historically, African American performers have been able to use comedy as a pedagogic tool, interjecting astute observations about race relations while the audience is laughing. And yet, Haggins makes the convincing argument that the potential of African American comedy remains fundamentally unfulfilled as the performance of blackness continues to be made culturally digestible for mass consumption. Rather than presenting biographies of individual performers, Haggins focuses on the ways in which the comic persona is constructed and changes across media, from stand-up, to the small screen, to film. She examines the comic televisual and cinematic personae of Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor and considers how these figures set the stage for black comedy in the next four decades. She reads Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock as emblematic of the first and second waves of postcivil rights era African American comedy, and she looks at the socio-cultural politics of Whoopi Goldbergs comic persona through the lens of gender and crossover. Laughing Mad also explores how the comedy of Dave Chappelle speaks to and for the post-soul generation. A rigorous analytic analysis, this book interrogates notions of identity, within both the African American community and mainstream popular culture. Written in engaging and accessible prose, it is also a book that will travel from the seminar room, to the barbershop, to the kitchen table, allowing readers to experience the sketches, stand-up, and film comedies with all the laughter they deserve.

Stepin Fetchit

Author : Mel Watkins
ISBN : UOM:49015003089589
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A definitive profile of the pioneering African-American performer and film star, follows the life and career of Lincoln Perry from his vaudeville and minstrel show beginnings, to his Hollywood years, to his decline into obscurity and bankruptcy, and offering a vindication of his frequently reviled role in the entertainment world. 12,500 first printing.

Whiting Up

Author : Marvin McAllister
ISBN : 9780807869062
Genre : Social Science
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In the early 1890s, black performer Bob Cole turned blackface minstrelsy on its head with his nationally recognized whiteface creation, a character he called Willie Wayside. Just over a century later, hiphop star Busta Rhymes performed a whiteface supercop in his hit music video "Dangerous." In this sweeping work, Marvin McAllister explores the enduring tradition of "whiting up," in which African American actors, comics, musicians, and even everyday people have studied and assumed white racial identities. Not to be confused with racial "passing" or derogatory notions of "acting white," whiting up is a deliberate performance strategy designed to challenge America's racial and political hierarchies by transferring supposed markers of whiteness to black bodies--creating unexpected intercultural alliances even as it sharply critiques racial stereotypes. Along with conventional theater, McAllister considers a variety of other live performance modes, including weekly promenading rituals, antebellum cakewalks, solo performance, and standup comedy. For over three centuries, whiting up as allowed African American artists to appropriate white cultural production, fashion new black identities through these "white" forms, and advance our collective ability to locate ourselves in others.

Laughter In Revolt

Author : Matthew Daube
ISBN : STANFORD:36105211352773
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Who Killed Tiffany Jones

Author : Mavis Kaye
ISBN : 9780061756061
Genre : Fiction
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There's a $10,000 reward for solving the crime -- It could be yours! The sensational killings that have rocked the seemingly untouchable world of international jet-setters and powerful glitterati appear to be unrelated -- but former police detective Kim Carlyle senses there's a thread connecting them all. After one of Kim's clients, celebrated chanteuse Tiffany Jones, is slain backstage during a performance at the Apollo Theater, the savvy and beautiful Carlyle pieces together the clues. And what she discovers is a scheme whose complexity, dare and danger were beyond her wildest imaginings. Interactive reading at its most exciting, Who Killed Tiffany Jones? is a page-turning thriller packed with international intrigue, celebrity-based characters, faraway, exotic locales -- and a chance for a clever reader to cash in on the mystery!

African American Humor

Author : Mel Watkins
ISBN : 1556524307
Genre : Humor
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With an historical introduction provided for each chapter, an anthology of African American humor reveals much about changes in American society.

Tim And Tom

Author : Tim Reid
ISBN : 9780226709024
Genre : Performing Arts
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As the heady promise of the 1960s sagged under the weight of widespread violence, rioting, and racial unrest, two young men--one black and one white--took to stages across the nation to help Americans confront their racial divide: by laughing at it. Tim and Tom tells the story of that pioneering duo, the first interracial comedy team in the history of show business--and the last. Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen polished their act in the nightclubs of Chicago, then took it on the road, not only in the North, but in the still-simmering South as well, developing routines that even today remain surprisingly frank--and remarkably funny--about race. Most nights, the shock of seeing an integrated comedy team quickly dissipated in uproarious laughter, but on some occasions the audience’s confusion and discomfort led to racist heckling, threats, and even violence. Though Tim and Tom perpetually seemed on the verge of making it big throughout their five years together, they grudgingly came to realize that they were ahead of their time: America was not yet ready to laugh at its own failed promise. Eventually, the grind of the road took its toll, as bitter arguments led to an acrimonious breakup. But the underlying bond of friendship Reid and Dreesen had forged with each groundbreaking joke has endured for decades, while their solo careers delivered the success that had eluded them as a team. By turns revealing, shocking, and riotously funny, Tim and Tom unearths a largely forgotten chapter in the history of comedy.

Ebony

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ISBN : UVA:X006084781
Genre : African Americans
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