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Richmond Funny Bone presents Dick Gregory

Date: Oct 19, 2016
This comedian and civil rights activist's social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public and entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago's Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, "Professor" Irwin Corey. Until this time, Gregory had worked mostly at small clubs with predominantly black audiences. His tenure as a replacement for Corey was so successful — at one performance he won over an audience that included southern white convention goers — that the Playboy Club offered him a contract extension from several weeks to three years. By 1962, Gregory had become a nationally known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums. Don't miss Dick Gregory’s first show ever at the Richmond Funny Bone.
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