African American Humor

African American Humor

The Best Black Comedy From Slavery to Today

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Baker & Taylor
With an historical introduction provided for each chapter, an anthology of African American humor reveals much about changes in American society.

Book News
Watkins (an author, he was an editor at the New York Times Book Review ) has compiled an anthology of Black humor that, perhaps inadvertently, reveals much about changes in American as well as Black society. The lengthy excerpts are printed with little prefatory material, though a historical introduction is provided for each chapter. An appendix contains a list of authors with short biographies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Independent Publishing Group
This collection of anecdotes, tales, jokes, toasts, rhymes, satire, riffs, poems, stand-up sketches, and snaps documents the evolution of African American humor over the past two centuries. It includes routines and writings from such luminaries as Bert Williams, Butterbeans & Susie, Stepin Fetchit, Moms Mabley, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Redd Foxx, Ishmael Reed, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, and Chris Rock. This anthology includes classic stage routines, literary examples, and witty quotations presented in their entirety.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781556524318
Branch Call Number: 817.008 AFRIC
Characteristics: xxv, 374 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Watkins, Mel 1940-
Notes: Includes index


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Here is a compendium of anecdotes, tales and jokes from such humorists as Langston Hughes, Moms Mabley and Ralph Ellison. It also shows how America and Black society changed over time.

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