Continuing from yesterday’s post, today I want to talk about Flip Wilson, a famous American comedian and host of the immensely successful The Flip Wilson Show. It was on this show where Wilson introduced the world to his most famous character, Geraldine.
I have to be honest, I didn’t know who Flip Wilson was until I caught the excellent documentary Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy on TV One. Time Magazine dubbed Wilson “TV’s first black superstar”.
“The devil made me do it”
Flip was a pioneer in many ways and I feel like I missed out on a great comedian. At least we’ve got YouTube now and I can go back and watch some of these old clips, some of which I will embed below.
What I like about Geraldine is that Flip looks good as a woman and the character is funny not because Wilson is in a dress, but because the actual material is very funny.
During the course of his career, Flip also released a couple of comedy albums as the Geraldine chracter, The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress and Don’t Fight The Feeling. From what I could find, they are only available on vinyl and only through third-party sellers as they have long been out of print. However, acquiring these records won’t set you back much.
Many clips from The Flip Wilson Show can easily be found on YouTube and they are also readily available from several retailers, so if you are a big fan and want to add those DVDs to your collection you can consider yourself fortunate.
Flip Wilson is held in high regards in several circles. Unfortunately, he passed away several years ago. However, his legacy will be long-lasting.