On and off the Res With Charlie Hill | Chicago Reader

On and off the Res With Charlie Hill

Native American stand-up comic Charlie Hill got his first national TV exposure in America on Richard Pryor's ill-fated NBC show in 1977 and on the Johnny Carson show the next year, offering sharp material about Injun stereotypes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“Take my land—please!”). This insightful and consistently funny 1999 video by Sandra Osawa draws on those early spots, sketch comedy from Canadian TV in the 80s, and contemporary club appearances by the 48-year-old entertainer, tracing his personal history back to Detroit and the Oneida reservation in Wisconsin and locating his work in the tradition of his heroes, Dick Gregory and Will Rogers. 59 min.

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