Jimmy Lynch – Nigger Please! (MVD Audio / Cult Collectibles)

The collaboration of MVD Audio and Cult Collectibles provides another time warp – not to mention jaunt across the race divide for non-black listeners – into fascinating comedy territory. Sure the jokes are old – so is the performance. This is, as advertised, an “OLD SCHOOL COMEDY CLASSIC” – specifically, a re-release of a vintage record by black comedian Jimmy Lynch, “NIGGER PLEASE!”. As with the Redd Foxx release, I felt as though I’d entered a forbidden world. A black listener will have a totally different experience, of course, but for me it was being the invisible man in a club during a time when whites and blacks did less social mingling. I don’t know the exact date of this performance – or Redd’s – so I can’t tell you just how different racial relations were when this recording was made. At any rate, I’m pretty sure there weren’t a lot of white folks around when this Lynch album was recorded live. As for said performance, it’s beyond edgy and very funny. Like with Foxx, the comedy form is joke telling rather than observational humor, but it’s deftly handled joke-telling by the multi-talented Lynch, who also opens the show with a funky song.

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