Dick Gregory
First African-American Comedian to Play to both Black and White Audiences

Posted on 15 January 2012

In 1961 Dick Gregory began his career as a comedian at Roberts Show Bar in Chicago doing social/political satire. He was soon hired by Hugh Hefner to perform at the Chicago Playboy Club and went on to perform on The Jack Paar Show, a nationally broadcast US television show. He continues to perform standup to this day.

Dick was active in the African-American civil rights movement, Vietnam protests, and a supporter of the feminist movement.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

Peace and kindness,


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