D.L. Hughley talks to Tim Reid about racial comedy

On tonight’s edition of D.L. Hughley Breaks the News on CNN (10 p.m. Eastern Saturday-Sunday), Hughley interviews comedian/actor Tim Reid ("Venus Flytrap" on WKRP in Cincinnati) about life as a black comic, and half of an interracial comedy team, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Reid argues that a black/white comedy duo might not work today, and also that black comedians are going to need to stop cursing and drop "the F-word." Watch Hughley’s amazed reaction. Hughley also mentions his first experience working with the Improv chain, when the club forced him to work "a door deal" because they didn’t know who he was.

Related: Tim & Tom release a memoir of their comedic adventures together.

Earlier: My take on the debut and second-week episodes of D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.

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