Flip Wilson was a popular face on television during the 1960s and 70s. He is known for hosting the variety show titled ‘The Flip Wilson Show’ that became famous for his Flip Wilson Handshake and also for his role as Geraldine Jones. He started his career in the black neighbourhood referred to as the Chitlin Circuit till he got his big break on ‘The Tonight Show’ hosted by Jonny Carson, where he became one of the most popular guests. His comedy album ‘The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress’ earned him a Grammy Award in 1970. Wilson has acted in several television movies, including ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ (1974) and ‘The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh’ (1979). He hosted a revival of the radio and television game show ‘People are funny’ in 1984 and played the lead role in the sitcom ‘Charlie & Co’ (1985 – 1986). He was last seen in the sitcoms ‘Living Single’ (1993) and ‘The Drew Carey Show’ (1996).
This American comedy musical film is set in a local roller disco rink called Skatetown, U.S.A. in Los Angeles. Released in 1979, the movie features many popular TV stars of the 1960s and 1970s and follows the rivalry of two skaters who eventually become friends.
Flip Wilson Awards
|Flip||Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical||1971|
|Flip||Outstanding Variety Series - Musical||1971|
|Flip||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music||1971|
|Winner||Best Comedy Recording||1971|