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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jimmie Walker Narrator: Jimmie Walker Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Born into the violence of South Bronx ghetto life, the comic pioneer of TV's Good Times fame offers a hilarious and politically charged review of his career as one of television's first hugely successful Black stars. From opening for the Black Panthers and getting his first Tonight Show spot to becoming the first Black TV sitcom star, having comedians David Letterman and Jay Leno writing jokes for him, recording number-one comedy albums, and opening for rock n' roll bands in 50,000 seat stadiums, Walker's career hit all the highs.

Of course, celebrities seldom stay at such highs. But despite going from the cover of TV Guide to becoming a journeyman comedian, Walker's story is one of courage and unbridled belief in oneself. He never crashed and burned like so many in his profession - notably fellow comedians like Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze. Instead, he kept at his profession through 300 comedy gigs per year, remembering where he came from and where hard work had got him. He developed a view of the world through a conservative social lens, and as a black man in the entertainment industry he surprised many - and pissed off others - with his conservative views.

In his stand-up routine in 1974, Jimmy frequently told this joke: I think pretty soon there is going to be a black President. Inaugural theme be playing the 'Theme From Shaft'. Prez pulls up - white El Dorado, white bucket seats, bubble top. Prez gets out, tilts his beaver skin hat to the side, braids flowing down his shoulders, looks at the crowd and says, Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be elected President of these great United States. But moreover, I am even happier to be elected the first black President of these great United States. Right now, I'd like to give you the Inaugural Address but first...the number for today: 7-5-6. You got it? Then you the vice president!

It's 2011. We now have President Barack ... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/23/2013

    " Wonderful amount of insider history of comedy from the 70's thru today by a thoughtful, bright man who lived it. Well written, funny and touching at times. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Battle | 7/31/2013

    " This book had everything that I was looking for and more!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Nicole | 5/26/2013

    " If you only read one entertainment book this year, read this one. Quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 5/23/2013

    " Dyn-O-MITE! I don't think i would have enjoyed this as much if i had been reading to myself. Mr. Walker's voice, cadance & word choice really made me feel like i had a good understanding feelings and personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanson | 5/8/2013

    " Some really funny parts. Most of the book is about his career, and a whole chapter has to do with his political views. I respect this guy for how he has worked to get where he is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Charton | 4/10/2013

    " I picked it up, because I grew up with the show Good Times. The book was ok, but otherwise, not something I would go out of my way for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kojo Baffoe | 3/18/2013

    " Jimmie Walker gives an insightful peak into the world of stand-up comedy during a particular era as well as into the show Good Times. An enjoyable read although I did grapple with where he is now, in particular some of his political and social views but, that doesn't take away from the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Woods | 2/21/2013

    " A quick and candid read from a comic legend. His insight into the "Good Times" portion of his career (which is really what anyone cares about) is a frank, funny and sometimes sad look at the lives behind the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/25/2012

    " Surprisingly good! I had no idea of the history this guy had... all very interesting. I'm glad I read this on a whim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 7/1/2012

    " This was a good read. DYN-O-MITE!! This book narrates to us how Jimmie Walker grew up in the Bronx working in dingy clubs. He lived a epic life in his own right! "

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