Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Flip Wilson Tribute

When I was a kid, the first comedy album I ever owned was Flip Wilson's Grammy winning "The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress" released in 1970. That same year, NBC launched The Flip Wilson Show which ran from 1970-1974. As a kid, I watched the show regularly. The show featured Flip's comedy routines, especially his popular characters Reverend Leroy pastor of the Church of What's Happening Now, and of course Geraldine Jones who popularized the phrase "The Devil made me do it." The show achieved high ratings and much critical acclaim with 11 Emmy nominations and won Flip a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series.

Ten years ago today, Clerow "Flip" Wilson, Jr. passed away at the age of 64. With much respect to Flip on this the 10th anniversary of his death, here he is as Geraldine Jones with Bill Cosby.

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