Programming: Black Can Be Funny

During the taping of a recent episode of ABC's new revue What's It All About, World?, Guest Tommy Smothers led off one bit with Negro regular Scoey Mitchell by announcing: "Scoey and I felt that tonight we would like to take a step toward breaking down the barriers between the races." "We realize," continued Scoey, "that if a white man were to kiss a black girl, that would offend many people." Tommy pointed out that "on the other hand, if a black man were to kiss a white girl, that, too, would offend many people. So we would like...

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