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Bert Williams

(November 12th 1874 - March 4th 1922)

Among the greatest of all Vaudeville comedians Egbert Williams was the first black entertainer to appear as a lead on the Broadway stage with an otherwise white cast. Remembered as "The World's Funniest Man" he appeared in black-face but did much to push aside common racial stereotypes through his clever use of satire. W.C. Fields, a fellow comedian who knew him well, later described Williams as "the funniest man I ever saw and the saddest man I ever knew.

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A Natural Born Gambler (21:51)

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My Landlady (3:13)

Nobody (2:07)

O' Death Where is Thy Sting? (2:52)

Purpostus (2:26)

Somebody (3:08)

Ten Little Bottles (3:23)

When The Moon Shines On The Moonshine (2:59)

You Can't Trust Nobody (2:51)

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