THE FLIP WILSON SHOW

September 17, 1970 - June 27, 1974
NBC Comedy-Variety

Host:
Flip Wilson


Performers:
Richard Pryor
The Jack Regas Dancers
The George Wyle Orchestra


Comic Flip Wilson was the first black performer to
achieve major popularity as host of his own variety
hour. The Flip Wilson Show was an enormous hit,
placing number two among all programs on television
during its first two seasons. Although music and
guests were an important part of the format, Flip's
comedy was the real focal point of the series. In
various skits he played a collection of stock
characters, which included: Geraldine Jones, sassy,
swinging, liberated woman with a very jealous
boyfriend named "Killer"; Reverend LeRoy of the
Church of What's Happening Now, a gospel preacher
who seemed to be slightly less than honest and
just a touch lecherous; Danny Danger, private
detective; and Herbie, the Good Time Ice Cream
Man. Flip's best known expression was a
wide-eyed "The Devil made me do it!"

Clerow Wilson earned the nickname "Flip" for his
irreverent humor when he began entertaining the
troops. He made his television debut on "The Tonight
Show Starring Johnny Carson
" in 1965, and that led
to frequent appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
and "Laugh-In" and on comedy series including
"Love, American Style." A variety special in which
he starred in September 1968 led to his own series,
which earned him an Emmy for performing and one for
writing in 1971. He appeared on the cover of
Life magazine on August 4, 1972


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