Icons of African American Comedy

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Despite the popularity of comedic superstars like Bill Cosby and Whoopi Goldberg, few books have looked at the work of African-American comedians, especially those who, like Godfrey Cambridge and Moms Mabley, dramatically impacted American humor. Icons of African American Comedy remedies that oversight.

Beginning with an introduction that explores the history and impact of black comedians, the book offers in-depth discussions of 12 of the most important African-American comedians of the past 100-plus years: Bert Williams, Moms Mabley, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Godfrey Cambridge, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Damon Wayans, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. Each essay discusses the comedian's early life and offers an analysis of his or her contributions to American entertainment. Providing a variety of viewpoints on African-American comedy, the book shows how these comedians changed American comedy and American society.

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About the author

Eddie Tafoya is associate professor of American literature and creative writing at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.

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Publisher
ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2011
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Pages
283
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ISBN
9780313380846
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Social Science / Popular Culture
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