The Mirth of a Nation

Driver, Justin
June 2001
New Republic;06/11/2001, Vol. 224 Issue 24, p29
Discusses black comedy in the United States. View that the comedy of actors Chris Tucker and Chris Rock is minstrelsy; Information on the history of minstrel shows; Reference to black buffoonery in entertainment with offensive terms and characters; Opinion that Tucker and Rock's popularity is discouraging; View that minstrel shows were the U.S. most popular form of entertainment in the nineteenth century; Expression that blacks started performing in their own minstrel troupes; Reference to the motion picture "Down to Earth," which turns completely on the black/white difference.


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