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African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today (The Library of Black America series) by Dick Gregory,Mel Watkins

African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today (The Library of Black America series)
Title:
African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today (The Library of Black America series)
Author:
Dick Gregory,Mel Watkins
ISBN:
1556524315
ISBN13:
978-1556524318
Size fb2:
1787 kb
Size epub:
1606 kb
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2002)
Language:
English
Pages:
400 pages
Other formats:
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Rating:
4.5
Votes:
971
Category:
Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory:
Social Sciences
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, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, and Chris Rock. This anthology includes classic stage routines, literary examples, and witty quotations presented in their entirety.
  • Goltigor
This collection of African American humor will take you from the beginning to the end, approximately from the 1800s to present day. Learn how slaves coped with their hardships behind the guise of humor that was directed at their masters without them ever catching onto it. See how their humor changed when African Americans were integrated into American society, how fierce and forthright it became, and come all the way to present day to comedians like Chris Rock and Richard Pryor. This book has many parts and selections from various authors. Some of the early selections are difficult to follow, for the language is traditional slave language, but later selections are much easier. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes culture and likes to laugh.
  • Anayalore
Salty, sweet and bittersweet. Very thorough book on the subject of humor, and pulls no punches. Highly entertaining.
  • Opimath
Excellent collection of works with a broad historical timeframe. A must have in your personal African American library. Collector's item.