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Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times--A Memoir
     

Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times--A Memoir

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by Jimmie Walker, Sal Manna (With)
 

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Born into violence of South Bronx ghetto life, the comic pioneer of TV’s Good Times fame offers a hilarious and politically charged review of his career as one of television’s first hugely successful Black stars. From opening for the Black Panthers and getting his first Tonight Show spot to becoming the first “Black” TV sitcom star, having

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Born into violence of South Bronx ghetto life, the comic pioneer of TV’s Good Times fame offers a hilarious and politically charged review of his career as one of television’s first hugely successful Black stars. From opening for the Black Panthers and getting his first Tonight Show spot to becoming the first “Black” TV sitcom star, having comedians David Letterman and Jay Leno writing jokes for him, recording a #1 comedy albums, and opening for rock n’ roll bands in 50,000 seat stadiums, Walker’s career hit all the highs.

Of course, celebrities seldom stay at such highs. But despite going from the cover of TV Guide to a journeyman comedian, Walker’s story is one of courage and unbridled belief in oneself. He never crashed-and-burned like so many in his profession — notably fellow comedians like Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze. Instead, he kept at his profession through 300 comedy gigs per year, remembering where he came from and where hard work had got him. He developed view of the world through a conservative social lens — and as a black man in the entertainment industry he surprised many — and pissed off others — with his “Conservative” views.

In his stand-up routine in 1974, Jimmy frequently told this joke:

“I think pretty soon there is going to be a black President. Inaugural theme be playing the “Theme From Shaft.” Prez pulls up--white El Dorado, white bucket seats, bubble top. Prez gets out, tilts his beaver skin hat to the side, braids flowing down his shoulders, looks at the crowd and says, Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be elected President of these great United States. But moreover, I am even happier to be elected the first black President of these great United States. Right now, I’d like to give you the Inaugural Address but first…the number for today: 7-5-6. You got it? Then you the vice president!”

Its 2011… we now have President Barack Obama. Yet Jimmy Walker — ever the outspoken contrarian recently escorted conservative columnist Ann Coulter to an awards ceremony. Walker is a frequent guest on Letterman and the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. And J.J. Evan’s “Dyn-o-mite!” endures — and was recently voted by People Magazine as one of the “The Greatest Moments In Pop Culture, 1974-2011.”

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Kirkus Reviews, 4/15/12
“A fast, funny and informative stand-up routine/memoir from one of the major comic stars of the 1970s…A unique perspective on the perils of modern comedy from a survivor with a long memory.”
 

Publishers Weekly, 5/21/12
“A solid, thoughtful, and provocative memoir about [Walker’s] nearly four-decade long career.”

Spittake.com, 6/27/12

“Without a healthy dose of humility, he couldn’t draw such a painfully honest portrait of life as a comic on the road. Whatever his reputation, he has persevered, and his story is thought-provoking and well worth the read.”

Kingman Daily Miner“A dyn-o-mite read about a true pop culture icon and comedy legend…This is a fun read, a book, which you will remember, and one that might make you stop and pause for a moment as you ponder some of his pithy sayings. This is a five star book and one you will want on your bookshelf.”

American Profile, 8/12/12“Paints a revealing self-portrait that also depicts the changing times of a socially charged era….It’s a dyn-o-mite read.”

Cleveland.com, 10/2212
“[An] immensely insightful, humorous memoir.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469203027
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jimmie Walker was born in 1947 in the Bronx. At 22, he began performing as a standup comedian and was eventually discovered by the casting director for Good Times. He continues to tour the country doing stand-up and lives in Las Vegas.

Sal Manna is a journalist who has written for magazines such as Time, Playboy, Los Angeles, and People, and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Herald, the San Jose Mercury-News, and Newsday.

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