On the Real Side
A History of African American Comedy 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Mel Watkins
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On the Real Side by Mel Watkins
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9781556523519
(228mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Imprint: A Cappella Books
Publisher: A Cappella Books
Publish Date: 1-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mel Watkins
Darkest America, Hardback (August 2012)
An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years.
Stepin Fetchit, Paperback (December 2006)View all books by Mel Watkins
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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