Presented in partnership with
Duke’s African & African American Studies Department
Join us at NorthStar for a free, public class as a part of Duke's African and African American Studies course on Black Popular Culture, taught by Mark Anthony Neal.
This evening's special guest will be comedian,
actress and upper ghetto godmother, Marsha Warfield.
ABOUT MARSHA WARFIELD:
After an overlong period of retirement, Marsha is back for “revenge,” tackling issues including politics, being black, coming out as a gay woman, and her affair with pizza.
Marsha lives in Las Vegas where she performs her show, The Marsha Warfield Experience, at L.A. Comedy Club at the Stratosphere Casino & Hotel.
Marsha Warfield is best known for her 1986–92 role of the tough, no-nonsense bailiff Roz Russell on the NBC sitcom “Night Court.” She also starred in the sitcom “Empty Nest” as Dr. Maxine Douglas, and as a performer on “The Richard Pryor Show.” She’s has appeared on shows like “Soul Train,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “The Tonight Show,” and even had a talk show of her own, appropriately titled “The Marsha Warfield Show.” She’s opened for acts like Esther Phillips, George Duke, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and George Carlin, has been nominated for NAACP Image and Soul Train Awards, and was featured in the Gladys Knight video, “Men.” Her guest appearances include “Cybill,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Moesha,” “Living Single, “In Living Color,” “Smart Guy,” “Clueless,” “Cheers,” “Saved By The Bell,” and more.
ABOUT AAAS 331
Black Popular Culture: Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy
At the peak of his fame in the 1960's, Dick Gregory may have been the most influential comedian in America, offering truths about race, the Black community and politics in an era highlighted by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Dick Gregory and the History of BlacK Comedy will examine the roots of the Black comedic tradition that informed Gregory's art and activism, with a particular focus, in the spirit of Mr. Gregory, on the ways in which Black comedy has been used in the quest for civil and human rights.
The course will also highlight the role of Black literary satire, including the work of George Schuyler and Ollie Harrington, as well as contemporary examples such as novelists Danzy Senna, Kiese Laymon, Paul Beatty, and Fran Ross, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, comedians Issa Rae, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and, even critical race theorist and legal scholar Derrick Bell.