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Obit…Wonderful Smith

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Comedian Wonderful Smith, whose edgy routines helped break racial stereotypes, dies at 97



Wonderful Smith appears with Hattie McDaniel, center, and ABC commentator Frances Scully at the 1947 Academy Awards. His bold comedy routine in Duke Ellington “Jump for Joy” regularly brought down the house. (Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research)


The comedian was featured in Duke Ellington’s musical revue ‘Jump for Joy’ and regularly brought the house down with his ‘Hello, Mr. President?’ monologue.


By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2008


Wonderful Smith, whose boundary-pushing comedy routine in Duke Ellington’s satirical revue Jump for Joy — staged in Los Angeles in 1941 — helped the black cast counter against racial stereotypes in entertainment, has died. He was 97.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)