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Free e-book of the month: Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White

January 4, 2010
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Free e-book of the month: Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White

The perfect remedy for those mid-winter blues, Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen’s fascinating (not to mention funny) tale of their careers as the first interracial comedy team in the history of show business in Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White, is now available for download free from the Press website. About the book: As the heady promise of the 1960s sagged under the weight of widespread violence, rioting, and racial unrest, two young men—one black and one white—took to stages across the nation to help Americans confront their racial divide: by laughing at it. Tim and Tom tells the story of that pioneering duo, the first interracial comedy team in the history of show business—and the last. Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen polished their act in the nightclubs of Chicago, then took it on the road, not only in the North, but in the still-simmering South as well, developing routines that even today remain surprisingly frank—and remarkably funny—about race. Most nights, the shock of seeing an integrated comedy team quickly dissipated in uproarious laughter, but on some occasions the audience’s confusion and discomfort led to racist heckling, threats, and even violence. Though Tim and Tom perpetually . . .

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