The Flip Wilson Show

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The Flip Wilson Show was a variety show that aired in the U.S. on NBC from 1970 to 1974. It starred Flip Wilson, and the show was unique in that it became the first show headed by a black comedian to become a ratings winner.

The show consisted of many skits over an hour. Flip Wilson was most famous for creating the role of Geraldine Jones, a sassy, modern woman who had a boyfriend (who, when he wasn't in prison, he was at the pool hall) named Killer. Flip also created the role of Reverend Leroy, who was the minister of the Church of What's Happening Now!. New parishioners were wary of coming to the church as it was hinted that Reverend Leroy was a con artist.

In addition to the skits, Flip Wilson also signed many popular singers to provide entertainment. African-American singers such as The Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, The Pointer Sisters, and Roberta Flack appeared on the program, as well as many contemporary white entertainers. Usually, the singers also chose to partake in skits with Wilson.

Wilson's clout allowed him to get both the new breakout performers (such as Sandy Duncan, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Albert Brooks, Lola Falana and Melba Moore all of whom became very popular during this period) as well as established singers. In late 1971, gospel legend Mahalia Jackson made one of her last public performances on The Flip Wilson Show.

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