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In his book DYN-O-MITE, Jimmie Walker tells a candid story of growing up in the Bronx, his years in the stand-up comedy scene, and his unexpected celebrity as one of the first black sitcom stars.
As a young comedian, Jimmie Walker rose to fame with a generation of soon-to-be stars. Walker opened for Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Gladys Knight, and Bruce Springsteen, but was fired by Barry Manilow. He was there for the earliest performing days of the likes of Billy Crystal and Ben Stiller. He paid a group of up-and-coming comedians - Dave Letterman, Jay Leno, Louie Anderson, and Robert Schimmel among them - $150/week to write his jokes. As much as this is Walker's memoir, it is also a story of an era.
And in DYN-O-MITE Walker gives a behind-the-scenes look at Good Times like fans have never before seen. He exposes the on-set tensions between actors that belied the close-knit family America watched every week; shares little known trivia- Laurence Fishburn (rehearsing as "Michael") was let go on the first day of shooting; provides personal insight into some of the more racially-charged and issues-oriented storylines (remember when J.J. eloped with his heroin-addicted girlfriend played by Debbie Allen?); and addresses - for the first time - the criticism of and controversy about his character.
Interspersed in his narrative are laugh-out-loud bits of Walker's comedy routine through the years and his personal political beliefs on everything from the Black Panthers to President Obama, making it-it must be said-a dyn-o-mite read about a true pop culture icon and comedy legend.
"Showbiz is like a greased pole-even if you have climbed to the top, sooner or later you are going to slide back down. I still climb the pole every day. I may not reach the top again, but at least my butt is off the ground." ?Jimmie Walker
Jimmie Walker was born in 1947 in New York City. He began performing during the golden age of stand-up comedy before reaching pop culture immortality on the landmark sitcom Good Times. He continues to tour the country doing stand-up while living in Las Vegas. DynomiteJJ.com
Sal Manna co-authored the biography The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw following a career writing for magazines such as Time, Playboy and Los Angeles, and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and Boston Herald. He lives in Northern California.