The Def Jam Generation

From the Paley Center Collection

When HBO's Def Comedy Jam brought a different kind of black humor to television, it inspired debates that took place in newspapers and comedy clubs, in private living rooms and public spaces—including the Paley Center's event stage. The public program excerpted below, titled "Television Comedy and the African American Experience," was organized by the Center in the summer of 1993 and brought together three comedians to discuss black comedy's past, present, and future: Nipsey Russell, Phyllis Stickney, and Mario Joyner.

NOTE: The following clips contain extreme profanity and adult subject matter.  Viewer discretion is advised.


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