As exemplified in an episode of Kevin Hart’s new series the “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Richard Pryor is the all time “King of Comedy.” Hart has a poster sized photograph of Pryor on his living room wall in the BET show.
Flip Wilson, also known as Clerow Wilson, was one of the funniest Black comedians of the 1970’s. He was the master of a million characters, some of the most endearing being Geraldine Jones and Reverend LeRoy from the Church Of What’s Happening Now. He took all of his famous characters from his stand up routine and his TV show and incorporated them into two prime time cartoon specials, Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of PS 14 (1972) and Clerow’s Great Escape (1974). Both 30 minute specials aired on NBC.
If you want to ease the minds of film fans about a remake you’re working on, just compare it to Ocean’s 11. That’s what Will Smith did back in 2002 when his production company bought the rights to Sidney Poitier’s Uptown Saturday Night with plans to do an all-star Black update on the 1974 classic that originally paired up Poitier and Bill Cosby.