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Basic Black; National Black Comics


April Fools

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Basic Black
National Black Comics
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

BASIC BLACK celebrates April Fool’s Day with profiles of several African American comics who are making a name for themselves locally and nationally.

First, BASIC BLACK catches up with Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey, two nationally known comics who visited Boston recently during the successful "Kings of Comedy" tour. Harvey is one of the busiest comedians in Hollywood, starring in his television show The Steve Harvey Show and hosting the syndicated television series Showtime at the Apollo. Harvey talks about drawing on his own life experiences to weave the hilarious tales that make people laugh.

Cedric the Entertainer’s star is rising, as he tours the country headlining major concert events and television shows. He talks to BASIC BLACK about turning his observations of everyday life into witty comedy routines.

Next, BASIC BLACK profiles Dwayne Perkins and Bethany Van Delft, two funny Bostonians chasing the comedy dream. Perkins, a New York City native, has quickly risen to the top of a competitive comedy environment saturated with talented, funny people. Dividing his time between Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, Perkins blends street savvy with witty intellect for a mix of comedy that has a broad appeal.

Bronx-born Bethany Van Delft has been doing comedy in Boston for only two years. The freshest of this program’s "April Fools," she talks to BASIC BLACK about overcoming stage fright and about how ten years of runway modeling plus watching Saturday Night Live have prepared her for a career in comedy.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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