Dick Gregory 80th Birthday Celebration Oct 9 at Riot Act Theater
The Riot Act Comedy Theater was chosen by Mr. Dick Gregory to host his 80th Birthday Celebration on October 9th at 7pm. Mr. Dick Gregory, a leading civil rights activist and comedian, is mentor to AAEA President Norris McDonald.
Congrats Dick. And thank you for helping our president during his deadly asthma episodes in the 1990's.
Mr. Dick Gregory is brilliant as a comedian, but he is recognized for much more. Besides providing audiences with conscious comedy, Mr. Gregory's credits include renowned author, television and film personality, nutritionist and recording artist. Mr. Gregory has worked alongside prominent figures in history such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. Being one of the few members of The Movement still alive, Mr. Gregory is a walking history book. His candor combined with his world class political satire and humor make him one of the most celebrated and respected comics and activist of our time....and a must see show.
Dick Gregory entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago’s Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, “Professor” Irwin Corey. His tenure as a replacement for Corey was so successful — at one performance he won over an audience that included southern white convention goers — that the Playboy Club offered him a contract extension from several weeks to three years. By 1962 Dick Gregory had become a nationally known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums. (More)