On this day in comedy history Comedian/Actor Redd Foxx died while rehearsing for a show that had yet to be aired(The Royal Family). He was 68.
Known best to television audiences as Fred Sanford from the hit show "Sanford and Son" Redd Foxx was a pioneer in stand-up comedy. He performed "blue humour" which was the type of humour that was considered too dirty for white audiences so for years he performed at "black clubs".
While appearing to have gone "mainstream" with his humour in the seventies simply type his name in the youtube search bar and you'll find his humour never got any cleaner.
Here he is sharing a civil rights story: