Good Times (1974–1979)
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The Comedian and the Loan Sharks 

JJ borrows money from a loan shark, intending to pay it back as soon as his new find performs in a local comedian competition. When Tyrone gets cold feet, JJ goes on stage to perform in hopes of winning the money to pay the loan sharks.

Director:

Gerren Keith

Writers:

Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Esther Rolle ... Florida Evans
Ja'net DuBois ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Ralph Carter ... Michael Evans
BernNadette Stanis ... Thelma Evans (as Bern Nadette Stanis)
Jimmie Walker ... James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
Teddy Wilson ... Stanley Byrd (as Theodore Wilson)
Gary Veney Gary Veney ... Tyrone Tyler
James Spinks ... 1st Man
Juan DeCarlos Juan DeCarlos ... 2nd Man
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JJ borrows money from a loan shark, intending to pay it back as soon as his new find performs in a local comedian competition. When Tyrone gets cold feet, JJ goes on stage to perform in hopes of winning the money to pay the loan sharks.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good Times
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky (as Blinky Williams)
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Theodore Wilson's lone episode not playing Sweet Daddy Williams
20 December 2016 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

"The Comedian and the Loan Shark" was Theodore Wilson's only appearance in another role than Sweet Daddy Williams, and another example of JJ's failed career as a talent manager (first seen in "The Judy Cohen Story"). This time his client is alleged comedian Tyrone Tyler (Gary Veney), his deadpan style not exactly rib tickling, incapable of performing in between bouts of vomiting. Making matters worse is the fact that JJ borrowed $200 from a loan shark, and won't be able to pay back the loan unless Tyrone is funny. Theodore Wilson's humorous presence is the reason why this episode is a huge improvement on Judith Cohen's spotlight. Like Judith, Gary Veney never went any further than this one showcase.


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