"Redd over here is a very patriotic guy. His name is Redd, his hair is white, and his material is blue." - Jimmie J.J. Walker
This 'Man of the Hour' episode honoring Redd Foxx is probably dated correctly in the IMDb listings for Dean Martin's Comedy Hour, but the lineup shown varies quite a bit from the program I just watched. Only Nipsey Russell and Slappy White appeared from the cast as shown, with Demond Wilson, Redd's co-star on 'Sanford and Son' notably absent. The guest dais was quite well varied, with more black entertainers on hand than was usual, but that only made sense. As would be expected, TV headliners of the day who were Redd's contemporaries showed up to throw good natured barbs his way, including Lawanda Page (Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son), Jimmie J.J. Walker (from Good Times), Isabel Sanford (from All In The Family and later The Jeffersons) and Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller).
One entertainer on hand that I remember from back in the day was George Kirby, a black comedian and impressionist who did a fine job mimicking the voices of John Wayne, Edgar Buchanan and Pearl Bailey. A lot of folks do Wayne, but I've never heard the other two done by anyone else, and they were very close to the mark. Anyone reading this will probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but if you're around my age (early 60's), you'll appreciate the remarks.
Other celebrities on hand included Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Orson Welles (I've never seen him so huge), Marty Allen, baseball player and TV personality Joe Garagiola, the Master of Menace Don Rickles, and singer Isaac Hayes. As host for the festivities, Dean Martin got off quite a few zingers as the other celebrities fired off their best shots at Redd. When it came time for the guest of honor to close out the evening, he picked off each of the presenters in succession, proving that he could dish it out just as well as the next guy.
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