Ever Wonder What Happened to the Nation’s First Black and White Comedy Team?

August 25, 2008

Experience the rise of Tim and Tom, America’s first black and white stand-up comedy team by the man who lived through it with them-their manager Vince Sanders, in his ebullient “That’s Not Funny!”

Longwood, FL (PRnine – August 25, 2008) – Thrill to the exhilarating, star-studded story of America’s first black and white comedy team, Tim and Tom, told by their manager Vince Sanders. A portrait of a partnership, and a snapshot of an amazing era!

Could a comedy team make America laugh about its racial issues? In 1969, Tim Reid, a black American, and Tom Dreesen, a white American, approached Vince Sanders to be their manager. The team seemed destined for greatness, but would their conflicting egos and personalities get in their way? And was America ready to hear what they had to say?

Full of star cameos from Frank Sinatra, Jesse Jackson, Count Basie, and Dick Gregory, That’s Not Funny! is at times heartbreaking and hilarious, full of bad breaks and hijinks. Both stars’ wives and children suffered on the road to riches, and eventually when Tim Reid met sultry songstress Della Reese, the dynamic duo broke up. But their fame continued. Reid went on to star on the popular TV show WKRP in Cincinnati, Dreesen opened for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis. Sanders kept in touch with both men all along the way.

But this isn’t just a portrait of the artists as young men. It’s an astute social history of race in entertainment, a time when roles for Black Americans were limited to stereotypes, and even Sammy Davis Jr. could be booed off a stage. Gorgeously written, and full of extraordinary photos, That’s Not Funny! doesn’t just capture the lives of two amazing men, it captures the heart and soul of the times.

For more information, or to request a free review copy, please email info@vincesanders.com or visit his website at www.vincesanders.com. That’s Not Funny! is available for sale online at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author

Vince (AKA Vinson) Sanders is a retired broadcaster with more than 35 years on the job. He started his career as an on-air talent in 1958 at WBEE in Chicago and retired in 1995 as Vice President and General Manager of WWRL in New York City. As an actor, in the 1960′s, Vince traveled with the Richard B. Harrison Players and The American Negro Opera Guild.

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