On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy

By: Watkins, Mel

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672 pages. Text contains neat ink underlining on a handful of pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Some reading-wear and bumping to corners. 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. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 2 pounds. Category: African-American Studies; ISBN: 1556523513. Inventory No: 029357. Paperback

Title: On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy

Author Name: Watkins, Mel

Categories: African-American Studies,

Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books: 1999

ISBN Number: 1556523513

ISBN Number 13: 9781556523519

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good Condition

lbs: 1.88 lbs

Seller ID: 029357

Keywords: BZDB373 African-American Studies; On the Real Side A History of African American Comedy Mel Watkins Paperback