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In this eye-opening duel biography of the first and only interracial American comedy team, Reid and Dreesen share their own unique upbringings-overcoming the stigmas of poverty and prejudice and through sheer determination making a difference in many people's lives through a shared talent to entertain and educate. For five years, the duo dared to address the controversial, discriminatory realities of the 1960s and taught audiences to laugh at their troubles instead of joining the violence and destruction surrounding them. They were ahead of their time and paid the price for their efforts. After they split up as a comedy team, Reid was best known as Venus Flytrap on television's WKRP in Cincinnati and as the genius behind the highly respected but short-lived Frank's Place. Dreesen perfected his stand-up talents and was the opening act for Frank Sinatra for many years until his retirement from performing live concerts. A heartfelt memoir and a nice capsule history of growing up different, fighting the odds, and becoming successful on one's own terms, this is recommended for all libraries.
—Richard A. Dickey