On the Real Side by Mel Watkins
Laughing Lying and Signifying-Underground Tradition of African-American Humor That Transformed American Culture from Slavery to Richard Pryor

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A comprehensive history of African-American humor--from the antebellum South to the Apollo Theater--reassesses such figures as Stepin Fetchit and Amos and Andy and offers a new appreciation of familiar and less well-known performers. 20,000 first printing.
 

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MEL WATKINS is a professor of economics and political science at University College, University of Toronto. He is an editor of "This Magazine" where he writes the Innis Memorial Column.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 656 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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 In this timely, encyclopedic, personable history of African- American humor, Watkins (journalist, editor New York Times) offers in his rich examples and unpretentious analysis a history of a culture through its entertainment and, in a wider context, an explanation of the functions of laughter a...

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