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Dick Gregory’s audacious 1961 debut changed the face of African-American comedy. Live at Chicago’s Playboy Club, Gregory uproariously reflects on voting rights, foreign affairs and his chosen profession. “What do you demand out of a comic today?” he asks. “Good story, good plot, psychological reasoning, and above all, we must be funny. And you wonder why we’re sick, huh?” He ticks all those boxes and then some in this hilarious set.

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Born: October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the first African-American comedians to cross over to mainstream white audiences, Dick Gregory was also one of the fiercest sociopolitical satirists of his day; using the nightclub stage as his soapbox, he provocatively explored the racial inequities of the civil rights era with compassion, acute insight, and blunt, direct humor. Born October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Gregory spent his childhood shining shoes in order to help feed his family; in high school, he made headlines for leading a march...
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