Classic Comedy: Dick Gregory
|November 4, 2013||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
I’ve been a stand-up fan for as long as I can remember knowing what stand-up was (there are a lot of memories of standing in front of the my mom’s wood paneled floor-model TV while watching Bill Cosby Himself whenever it played on cable…which was a lot). Recently I’ve been making a focused effort to bolster my knowledge of stand-up history by reading whatever books I can on the art as well as by watching & listening to as many classic releases as I can get my hands on (all praise to inter-library loan!). From time to time I’ll use this page to offer a few brief thoughts about what I’ve been into lately. Here we go.
I listened to Dick Gregory‘s “In Living Black & White” (1961). Damn good. Probably the most “modern” pre-Pryor comedy I’ve heard (that is, except for Alex Dreier, the grandfatherly newscaster who wrote the liner notes and introduces every bit in an effort to convince white audiences that Gregory is a relatable & upstanding “fine young man” who will *definitely* not offend them). I’d recommend this to anyone, there a few 60s-specific pop culture references that you might want to look up if you’ve never watched Forrest Gump or seen the documentary series The Century: America’s Time, but like I said, there’s a very modern flow on display here. I’m looking forward to checking out more Gregory.
Also: Delighted to find that the “I don’t go to your job and knock the [blank] out of your hand” heckler putdown is at least 52 years old. That thing must go back to vaudeville.