Who Will Be the Next Black Comedy Superstar?
Oscar-nominated producer David Friendly offers his unique perspective to The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
In Riverdale, N.Y., I grew up in a pretty serious environment. How serious? My father's idea of an idyllic Sunday afternoon was to curl up in the sun parlor with a copy of the Constitution in one hand and a legal pad in the other, preparing his next speech or broadcast. (He was news pioneer Fred W. Friendly, portrayed by George Clooney in 2005's Good Night, and Good Luck.) Now don’t get me wrong — I wouldn't have traded it for anything. But my gut response was to go the other way. I spent hours in my room, memorizing routines by Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and Flip Wilson. Between dinner-table battles over the First Amendment, I was famous (at least in our home) for doing a decent Cosby imitation.
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