File 2010.003.04.007 - Show of the Week: A Time for Laughter

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Show of the Week: A Time for Laughter

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  • 1967 (Creation)
    ABC Television Network

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2 film reels (58 min, 46 sec.): acetate, 16mm, B&W, optical sound, kinescope

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This file contains a black and white kinescope copy of the colour television program produced by ABC titled A Time for Laughter. CBC aired this program during Show of the Week on March 13, 1967.

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One in this series of entertainment specials presented under the umbrella of "ABC Stage 67." This program is devoted to black humor. Sidney Poitier opens the program with a short history of black humor with a look at minstrel shows, blackface comedy, black vaudeville and "signifying" (black humor's comment on life). Richard Pryor performs, and integration is examined, as seen by the black humorist. Skits include Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Diahann Carroll, Godfrey Cambridge, Diana Sands, Harry Belafonte, George Kirby, Pigmeat Markham, Jackie "Moms" Mabley. Includes commercials.

Summary courtesy of The Paley Center:

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Donated by Bay Weyman in 2015, who acquired the items from the Paddy Sampson estate (from Bette Sampson).


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Executive Producer: Harry Belafonte
Producer: Phil Stein
Director: Paddy Sampson

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