Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory Running for President

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The '70s TV detective Colombo was famous for masquerading as a hapless bumbler, effectively lowering the defenses of his criminal nemeses before swooping in for the kill with his brilliant analytical mind. Likewise, Dick Gregory instantly disarmed his multi-racial audiences with his shambling, homespun good nature, before unleashing some of the most sharply pointed, intelligent, and fearlessly irreverent comedy ever performed.

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT finds Gregory still working in a fairly traditional stand-up comedy format with the emphasis on entertainment. But the comic is already boldly political, addressing previously taboo areas of race relations in a manner that at once recognizes his audience members' intelligence and challenges them to transcend their prejudices.

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