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African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today
This collection of anecdotes, tales, jokes, toasts, rhymes, satire, riffs, poems, stand-up sketches, and snaps documents the evolution of African American humor over the past two centuries. It includes routines and writings from such luminaries as Bert Williams, Butterbeans & Susie, Stepin Fetchit, Moms Mabley, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Redd Foxx, Ishmael Reed, ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Lawrence Hill Books
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Starting with Uncle Remus and other slave era texts, moving through the Signified Monkey, through the Emancipation and Roaring Twenties, taking the A train into the Harlem Renaissance, and jetting into the Civil Rights movement and the new millenium, Mel Watkins brings it. Trickster tales, Moms Mabley, Stepin Fetchit, Ishmael Reed, Redd Foxx, Chris Rock and more.