This past week the world of comedy lost 2 pioneers.
Dick Gregory was not only one of the first black comedians I remember, he was one of the first black activists I remember. His humor struck a chord with a very young me. His activism made me aware that people were more the same than different. He seemed like he would be a cool uncle.
Jerry Lewis. I saw him give a lecture in his declining years. It was sad to see the Nutty Professor give a speech while being angry and confused. Despite that, his work on behalf of the Muscular Distrophy Association and pioneering film work made him one of the most memorable figures from my childhood.
Thanks to both these men for the marks they made on the development of my sense of humor and sense of serving others.