Stand-Up Comedy Pioneer Dick Gregory Dead At 84

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One of stand-up comedy’s constant pioneers, Dick Gregory died on Saturday of heart failure, his repute arguable to media outlets.

He was 84 years old.

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The sharp, satirical stand-up comedian helped to inhabit a art while also suitable an impactful respectful rights regretful in his lifetime, and will not be shortly mislaid by a comedy star for his improbable change on comedians and acts over a final several decades and on into today’s time.

His son, Christian Gregory, diminished a matter by his father’s repute about a passing:

“It is with outrageous unhappiness that a Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic myth and respectful rights regretful Mr. Dick Gregory over this earth tonight in Washington, D.C. The family appreciates a shun of support and venerate and respectfully asks for their retirement as they humour during this unequivocally challenging time.”

So sad.

And his publicist of fifty years, Steve Jaffe, spoke to THR about Gregory’s death, too, adding:

“He was one of a sweetest, smartest, many romantic people one could ever know. we usually wish that God is prepared for some outrageously humorous times.”

Reportedly, Gregory’s arise use sum will be diminished during some prove today. He had been hospitalized recently for health issues.

Gregory’s career took him all over from his St. Louis home conflicting a world, and he was frequently a initial African-American comedian to perform in front of white audiences. He landed appearances on all a tip TV pronounce shows of a 1960s and 1970s, as well.

And interestingly enough, one of his vast breaks came from Hugh Hefner, who in 1961 paid Gregory $50 — thereafter a estimable sum — to perform during a Playboy Club in downtown Chicago.

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One of Gregory’s imaginary jokes during a time went like this:

“Last time we was down South, we walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came adult to me and said, ‘We don’t offer colored people here.’ we said, ‘That’s all right, we don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole boiled chicken.’”


The mob during that expose was mostly white executives from a solidified food company, and a reportedly preferred him — streamer Hefner to keep rendezvous Gregory for what incited out to be 3 some-more years, streamer to some-more and some-more pleasantness on a comedy circuit for his witty, intelligent comedy.

Now, Hollywood mourns a myth on Twitter (below):

So, so sad.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, preferred ones, and a many, many people he impressed during his long, impactful career.


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