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GN-50470-04Public Programs: Humanities Projects in MediaSociety for American MusicThe Funniest Man: The Wit and Music of Bert Williams10/1/2004 - 7/31/2005$10,000.00ElizabethYatesMcNamee   Society for American MusicPittsburghPA15260-0000USA2004Theater History and CriticismHumanities Projects in MediaPublic Programs100000100000

Consultation for a one-hour radio documentary about Bert Williams (1874-1922), an African American singer and comedian.

This request is for a consultation grant to explore production of a one-hour public radio documentary, a website and two features on African American comedian and musician Bert Williams (1874-1922). The story of Bert Williams will introduce radio audiences to the sounds of musical theater and comedy at the turn of the twentieth century. It will highlight an important cultural shift, the time when African American performers first began to appeal to urban northern white audiences -- before the advent of jazz, and during a time of ethnic conflict and social upheaval.