The Cowsills In Books

Icons of African American Comedy
by Eddie Tafoya
Greenwood June 2, 2011


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In one of her earliest television appearances, Moms Mabley was features on the hip television show Music Scene, hoted by comedian David Steinberg. In many ways, the appearance was unremarkable, perhaps even embarrassing. While the late 1960s, early 1970s television show was unabashedly pandering to the pop music market of teh time, the show had neither the edginess nor the authenticity associated with the hippie movement. Rather than a venue for virtuosos and progressive rockers like The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, the show favored the work of nonthreatening pop stars like Bobby Sherman and the Cowsills. Consequently, the showcasing of the old woman suggests that Mabley was there to entertain rather than provoke, despite her long history of saying patently inappropriate things. . . .

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