story of a groundbreaking, beloved entertainer
When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black
faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow
“Flip” Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity,
heralded on the cover of Time as “TV’s first black superstar”?
Flip is a candid, entertaining biography of a
consummate comedian who changed the face of American popular culture. Kevin
Cook chronicles Flip’s meteoric rise through the Chitlin’ Circuit of segregated
nightclubs to his breakthrough on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show to his hit
variety show, on which he created such outrageous and hilarious characters as
the sassy Geraldine and flock-fleecing Reverend Leroy. As one of the biggest
stars of his time, he performed and partied with Richard Pryor, George Carlin,
Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and other stars of the 1970s.
Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and
celebrities, Cook delivers the inspiring story of a complex man who broke the
prime-time color barrier, blazing a trail for generations of African American
performers who followed him.
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