Michael Williams, the “Godfather of Comedy” Talks About the Beginnings of Black Stand Up in America

Cirina Catania, the host of OWC RADiO, talks with Michael Williams, the Godfather of Comedy!

If laughter is the best medicine, the doctor is in!

Imagine living in LA in 1985 and being an African-American fan of stand up comedy but having nowhere to go to see comedians who resonated with you!

Michael Williams had the unique idea to open a comedy club that featured all-black stand up comedians tailored to and reflecting the culture of his African American race. It had never been done before, but the results were pure magic.

This conversation is about what happens when one hard-working person has the courage to try something completely new.

It is about changing the world. It’s about giving a voice in the ’80s to what, at the time, was an under-represented culture. It is about creating a legacy and passing on wisdom to the next generation. And…it is about having fun, poking fun, healing wounds and finding joy.

If these themes interest you, get ready for another great episode of OWC RADiO as Cirina Catania interviews Michael Williams, the real Godfather of Comedy.

Michael was honored during a celebration of African American history, on the 4th of February, 2020, at the City Hall in Los Angeles. The world has been too quiet for too long about this selfless pioneer. We hope he will continue to get the recognition he so well deserves. The exhibit honoring Michael and several of America’s most popular comedians is entitled, “Stand Up: Art and Politics in Comedy” and will remain on display for the entire month of February.

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