Where Are They Now? Black Comedians Edition

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George Wallace

Ever wondered who popularized “Yo Mama” jokes?  Look no further than George Wallace.  As a child, he always desired to have a career in stand-up comedy, but put it off to go to college.  After receiving degrees in transportation and marketing from the University of Akron, he soon got a job in advertising, but left it a week later to do comedy where he was hired to be a writer for “The Red Foxx Show.”

After winning awards for his comedic prowess, George Wallace only gained momentum and continued to perform on shows like:  “Seinfeld,” “Moesha,” “Arli$$” and “House of Payne,” and movies like Batman Forever, The Lady Killers and Think Like a Man Too.

Through all of that, he continues to do comedy.  He was a headliner for the Flamingo casino in Las Vegas, but did a private party at the Bellagio.  While performing, he tripped over some loose wires in 2007 and ruptured his Achille’s tendon (I didn’t even know you could do that!  Sounds extra painful!).  However, it’s a good thing that “the house always wins,” because a jury awarded Mr. Wallace with $1.3 million this year.  He also wrote a hilarious book, Laff It Off!  I suggest giving it a try, great read!

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