On the Real Side by Mel Watkins
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On the Real Side
By Mel Watkins

On the Real Side

A History of African American Comedy 2nd Revised edition

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On the Real Side by Mel Watkins

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556523519
ISBN-10: 1556523513
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Pages: 672
Imprint: A Cappella Books
Publisher: A Cappella Books
Publish Date: 1-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Stepin Fetchit by Mel Watkins Stepin Fetchit, Paperback (December 2006)

Watkins' meticulously researched and sensitive biography reveals the paradoxes of this pioneering actor's life, from Perry's tremendous popularity to his money troubles and rowdy offscreen antics.

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Author Biography - Mel Watkins

Mel Watkins is a former editor at "The New York Times Book Review." He is the author of "Dancing with Strangers: A Memoir." He lives in New York City.

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