"in the booth, in the back, in the corner, in the dark"
I'm extending an invitation to laughter.
I'm dating myself here. But I grew up watching this man, Clerow "Flip" Wilson, a comedian whose natural charm, wit, and genius comedic talent made him a much loved staple in many homes back in the 70's. Week after week I'd tune in to watch The Flip Wilson Show and laugh until my sides hurt. Many would agree that his execution of the many characters he played, including Geraldine Jones and Reverend Leroy from The Church of What's Happening Now (which I couldn't find a clip of), was perfection extraordinaire. Despite a rough start in life - he was one of 18 children born into an impoverished family and spent much of his young life in foster homes - he managed to rise above all of the obstacles given to him in life by way of tenacity, ambition, a tremendous amount of talent, a good outlook, a happy spirit, and providence.
Today, while watching Whoopi on The View, she did something that reminded me so much of him. And I youtube'd my fave comedian and ended up laughing uproariously once again - tears flowing, sides hurting. Oh, man, he was great. If you're not familiar with him, watch the clip. Hysterical. Even Broadway Joe could not get thru the skit without laughing. I dare anyone to get thru this without laughing. But as it always was with Ms. Geraldine Jones, the devil made her do it!