African American Humor The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today

ISBN-10: 1556524315
ISBN-13: 9781556524318
Edition: 2002
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

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.

Foreword
Introduction
Playin' the Foor ... Slavery
Proverbs
Plantation Proverbs (Joel Chandler Harris)
Some New Proverbs (M. Quad)
Animal Tales and Rhymes
Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy (Joel Chandler Harris)
The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story (Joel Chandler Harris)
Why Mr. Possum Loves Peace (Joel Chandler Harris)
How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox (Joel Chandler Harris)
Mr. Rabbit Grossly Deceives Mr. Fox (Joel Chandler Harris)
Mr. Fox Is Again Victimized (Joel Chandler Harris)
The Ape (Folk)
Bad Birds (Folk)
Catching the Snake and the Yellowjackets (Charles C. Jones)
The Flea (Folk)
The Woodpecker (Folk)
A Roost on the Rim of the Moon (E. C. L. Adams)
The Rooster and the Chicken (Folk)
Numskull Tales
Talking Turtle (Folk)
The Mojo (Folk)
Amos and the Union Officer (Folk)
John in Jail (Folk)
John and the Blacksnake (Folk)
Trickster Tales
The Laugh That Meant Freedom (Folk)
Mo' Nigger (Folk)
The Champion (Folk)
Old Master and Okra (Folk)
Strong Man Jack (Folk)
Swapping Dreams (Folk)
The Passing of Grandison
Pompey and the Jackass (Peter Randolph)
Rhymes, Riddles, and Songs
We Raise de Wheat (Frederick Douglass)
Run, Nigger, Run (Folk)
Massa Had a Yaller Girl (Folk)
Comic Lyrics from Slave Folk and Work Songs (Folk)
John and Ole Massa Tales
The Horsefly (Folk)
The Ducks Get the Cotton (Folk)
Baby in the Crib (Folk)
The Fight (Folk)
The Yearling (Folk)
Old Marster Eats Crow (Folk)
John Praying (Folk)
Old Boss and John at the Praying Tree (Folk)
Lay My Burden Down ... Emancipation to the Roaring Twenties
Lies and How Come Tales
Git Back! (Folk)
Apple Peelin' (Folk)
Heard the Bullet Twice (Folk)
The Story of the Deluge and How It Came About (Joel Chandler Harris)
Why the Negro Is Black (Joel Chandler Harris)
The First White Man (Folk)
The Water's Deep (Folk)
De Ole 'oman an' Me (A. C. Gordon)
Uncle Remus's Church Experience (Joel Chandler Harris)
The Conjurer's Revenge
John Sharecrops for Old Boss (Folk)
John on Trial (Folk)
Uncle Remus and the Savannah Darkey (Joel Chandler Harris)
Jesse James and the Graveyard (Folk)
Post-Slavery Aphorisms (Folk)
When Malindy Sings (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
Practical Preacher (Folk)
The Preacher and the Board Meeting (Folk)
Colored in America (Bert Williams)
The Fruitful Sleeping of the Rev. Elisha Edwards
Move My Ears (Billy Kersands)
Bank Robbers (Williams and Walker)
Jokes, Stories, Songs, etc.
Stories and Jokes
Songs and Rhymes
When It's All Goin' Out and Nothin' Comin' In
Believe Me
Dat's Harmony
Jonah Man
The Pig and the Porcupine
Doughnuts Round
The Medicine Man
Nevermo'
Sayings and Observations
Objections (Folk)
Children's Rhyme (Folk)
Lord, Will I Ever (Folk)
An Indignation Dinner (James David Corrothers)
Same Old Question (W. E. B. DuBois)
Indefinite Talk Routine (Miller and Lyles)
Bad Nigger Tales
Jack Johnson and the Hotel Clerk (Folk)
Champion's Still a Nigger (Folk)
Jack Johnson in Georgia (Folk)
Looking for Change (Folk)
Who Goes There? (Folk)
Mind Yo' Business (Folk)
Kill Me if You Can (Folk)
John and the Judge (Folk)
Can't Win for Losing (Folk)
Guilty as Charged (Folk)
Bottom Bound (Stringbeans and Sweetie)
Shine, or the Sinking of the Titanic (Folk)
The Signifying Monkey (Folk)
New Day's A-Coming ... The Harlem Renaissance to the Fifties
Jokes and Routines
Get Yourself a Monkey-Man
Too Many Ups
I Want a Hot Dog in My Roll
I Ain't Scared of You
Until the Real Thing Come Along
Indefinite Sentence (Folk)
From The Walls of Jericho
The Faith Healer (Folk)
Early Blues Lyrics (Folk)
Ghost Story (Tim Moore and Andrew Tribel)
Why Women Got the Advantage of Men
Sound Advice (Folk)
From Black No More
Hanging Out (Folk)
Great Men (Oscar Micheaux)
Chitlin' Circuit Routines
Go Ahead and Sing (Rastus Murray and Henry Drake)
Ain't Nobody Here! (Willie Too Sweet)
Open the Door, Richard (Dusty Fletcher)
Where's the Money? (Spo-Dee-O-Dee)
Here Come de Judge (Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham)
Half Mine (John "Spider Bruce" Mason)
The Conjure-Man Dies
No'lasses (Folk)
Quips and Cracks from Hollywood Film Clowns
Stepin Fetchit
Mathew "Stymie" Beard
Willie Best
"Butterfly" McQueen
Mantan Moreland
Radio Repartee (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson)
Laziest Man in the World (Stepin Fetchit)
How Old? (Satchel Paige)
Mexicana Rose
Fastball (Monte Irvin)
Cartoon (Oliver W. Harrington)
Jokes and Routines
Old Men
Counting on His Fingers
$25 a Question
Cab Calloway
Love Is Like a Game of Checkers
Miami-Red Light's for Us
Old Man in the Hospital
Old Men Left Behind
Accidents
Robbers
Thought I Was Having a Good Time
You Ain't So Smart
Dog on the Bus
Trouble with Old Men
Jesse B. Simple Tales
Temptation
There Ought to Be a Law
Race Relations
That Word Black
Dear Dr. Butts
From Amos 'n' Andy (Various Writers)
Observations
Illegal Pitches
In Demand
Second Base
Second-Class Immortal
Ain't Ghana Eat (Nipsey Russell)
Still a Nigger (Nipsey Russell)
Comeuppance (Junior Mance)
Train to New York (Two Tons of Fun)
My Nigger (John H. Johnson)
Jokes and Routines
Boss Spelled Backward
Snakebite
Black Scientists
Sneezes
Toasts
Knives
Eat What You Love
Backing Up
$240,000
Oh, George!
Sugar Ray
Revival Preacher
FM
President Johnson
Depression Time
First Politician
Love Song
What You See Is What You Get ... Civil Rights to the Millennium
From Nigger: An Autobiography
The Battle of Little Rock (Folk)
Heroes Ain't Born (Redd Foxx)
Cadillac Flambe
From The Wig
Temporary Job (Timmie Rogers)
Steamin' (Folk)
Closer to Welfare (Slappy White)
Running for Vice President (Slappy White)
A Fair Fight (Folk)
Cartoon (Oliver W. Harrington)
From Blind Man With a Pistol
Lean and Mean (Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.)
Blackface (Ossie Davis)
Tall, Tan, Young, and Fly (Frankie Crocker)
Black Rioters (Dick Gregory)
American History (Dick Gregory)
Kittens and Biscuits (Malcolm X)
From Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
Before God Get the News (Muhammad Ali)
From for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (Ntozake Shange)
Jokes
After You
Eating Too Well
The Suburbs
Just in Case
From The Loves and Lives of Mr. Jiveass Nigger
Jokes and Routines
Cowboys and Colored People
Kids
Cheap Hotel
Church on Sunday
Ugly Baby
Christopher Columbus
Jokes
Paul Revere/Betsy Ross
Blame-a-Nigger
Nigger Raisins
From South Street
Magid and Mudbone
Baseball Jokes (Various Players)
Nigger Look Just Like You (Richard Pryor)
Don't Let Me Down (Eddie Murphy)
O.J. Simpson Jokes
Going to Cancun (Folk)
The Best Defense (Folk)
Bad Fit (Johnny Cochran)
The Dozens--Caps and Snaps
Smell and Looks Caps
Dumb and Poor Caps
The Dozens--Yo' Momma Caps
Women and Men
Marital Counseling (Folk)
Equal Rights (LaWanda Page)
A Prayer and a Promise (Folk)
Different Strokes (Richard Pryor)
Old Man and Young Man (Moms Mabley)
Perfect Health (Folk)
Women vs. Women (Damon Wayans)
Payback Is a Bitch (Michelle Youngblood)
Lost Luggage (Folk)
Curb Your Dog (Eve)
Hunters (Dave Chappelle)
Overeating (Janet Cormier)
Random Quips from Famous Wits
Gettin' It (Steve Harvey)
Senility (Bill Cosby)
New Tricks (Bill Cosby)
On My Feet (Spike Lee)
Not All Black (Redd Foxx)
Just Us (Richard Pryor)
Being Famous (Dave Chappelle)
The American Dream (Paul Mooney)
Pass the Milk (Bernie Mack)
From You So Crazy
The Old School
All Turned Around (Folk)
Cockeyed Junior (Richard Pryor)
Old Bull and Young Bull (Folk)
Running Machinery (Folk)
I Ain't Loss! (Folk)
Trifocals (Bill Cosby)
Hard to Fool (Folk)
Pennies from Heaven (Folk)
Top That (Folk)
The New School
Worse Than That (Folk)
One White Guy (Dave Chappelle)
Hyde Park (Folk)
Fool Me Once (Folk)
Unforgettable (Folk)
Rappers (Damon Wayans)
Formal Introduction (Folk)
Don't Blame Me (Folk)
Yardwork (Folk)
From Oxherding Tale
Jokes
Acne Cure
Big Words
Third World Perfume
Wrong War
From Rock This!
Reverse Racism
A Country Divided
The Black Experience
We All Look the Same in the Dark
Help Wanted: One Leader. Please Apply Within
A Creative Solution
Who You Calling Racist?
Mommy? Can I Say "Nigger"?
The Most Racist Guy in the World
Color Coding
Supermarket Sweepstakes
Why Do You Think They Call It "School?"
Money Money Money Money
Authors and Comedians
Credits
Index

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