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From the Archives: Comedians and Actors Townsend and Belzer.

Interviews with comedians Richard Belzer and Robert Townsend. Belzer has been a professional comic for more than 15 years. For five years, he was the emcee at Catch a Rising Star, New York's best-known comedy club, and has appeared frequently on "Saturday Night Live" "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman." He's also written a book titled How To Be a Stand-up Comic. (Belzer first aired on Fresh Air on 12/31/87).

Robert Townsend is one of the few black film makers in Hollywood's recent history. His 1987 movie, "Hollywood Shuffle" poked fun at the film industry's racial stereotypes. Townsend also directed "Raw," the concert film of comedian Eddie Murphy. Terry spoke with Townsend on June 9th, 1987, just after "Hollywood Shuffle" opened.

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Other segments from the episode on December 29, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 29, 1989: Interviews with Phyllis Diller and Richard Lewis; Interviews with Richard Belzer and Robert Townsend; Interview with Al Franken.

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