Comedian Orlando Jones Discusses How Bill Cosby Reinvented African American Comedy and How Robin Williams is Notorious for Stealing Jokes on Black Hollywood Live
October 31, 2013 --
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2013
Actor/Comedian Orlando Jones, know for his roles in The Replacements and most recently Fox's Sleepy Hollow, discussed how Bill Cosby reinvented African-American comedy, how Robin Williams is notorious for stealing jokes, and why women are the worst hecklers in an interview on Black Hollywood Live's Stand-Up Sit-Down interview series with host Nick Perdue.
Jones On Who Changed Comedy for African Americans the Most:
I mostly look up to God. That's my favorite comedian. God is hilarious yo. Circumstances and situations hilarious, idol worship for mere mortals is not my thing...Homage has to be paid to Bill Cosby because though people talk about Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor, the game changer for comedy for African-American males was Bill Cosby. Period. End of story, nobody else close. Period. But hes often not heralded as the guy you want to be like. People often choose edgier people. Forget the fact that this guy Cosby can do more with the raise of an eyebrow and without a curse word than most people can do in their lives. There is something to be said for it so I have a lot of respect for him, he gave me my first job. If I was going to choose a singular person who I think you just gotta tip your hat to, I think a huge part of my career is owed to Bill Cosby, Jones says.
Jones' Thoughts on Comedians Stealing Jokes:
Jones states, Ive had people steal stuff before. Ill have people steal stuff again. And Ill write something else and keep it moving. I think a little bit too much is placed on that. Robin Williams was notorious for robbing people. Notorious for being able to take their routine. But also Robin Williams is an incredible performer. So lets just be honest, Robin Williams saying that joke and you saying that joke, not the same thing.
Jones On The Pressures of Doing Stand-Up While Compared to His Comedic Roles:
Jones says, They dont know me, they know a character I played on a television show or a movie. So we dont know each other. I think thats really the thing. Its the 'getting to know you' part of the process. Its difficult for them because they can never put more pressure on me than I put on myself.
Jones On Why Women Are the Worst Hecklers:
The worst hecklers are women. They think them breasts make them safe. Thats the problem, Jones says.
Jones On Black Comedians and Black Actors Having to Wear a Dress or Play Gay:
Do I think its true that somebody made them put on a dress or play a gay role to quote make it? No, thats bullst, Ive just never seen a studio executive walk down with a .45 caliber gun and put it to an actors head and say put on a dress. Ive just never seen that. No they did not make you put on the dress. You might have chosen to put on the dress because you knew how it could benefit you or not benefit you if in fact it worked. Aint nobody make you put on a dress. Not in 2000 or 1990 they didnt, if we are talking about the 1600s or something maybe massa made you put on a dress... but nobody made you put on the dress, and I think that's a misnomer that black men gotta get over. That's complete bullshit. Comedians who are friends who shall remain nameless, its difficult to call a man who is handing you fifty million dollars a racist, if so I want to meet that racist. Thats a hell of a racist! 'You are the best racist in the world!' says Jones.
Black Hollywood Live's Stand-Up, Sit-Down, hosted by comedian Nick Perdue, airs live Fridays and is available for download the next day on iTunes and BlackHollywoodLive.com. Past guests for the show include comedians Clayton Thomas, David A. Arnold, London Brown, and Aida Rodriguez. Black Hollywood Live is the world's first online broadcast network dedicated to African American entertainment news. BHL programming features inside information, insightful commentary, and in-depth interviews with Hollywood's biggest stars and influencers. For further information about the network, visit BlackHollywoodLive.com
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