Notorious for his frank, tell-it-like-it-is style, Redd Foxx broke new ground for minorities and comedians alike. By joking about everything from sex to color barriers, he brought simmering and taboo issues into the open. His candor onstage not only jump-started what is now considered a war with censors, but also inspired and enabled other comedians to achieve more than had ever been possible. He took a sketchbook with him whenever possible, and enjoyed creating his own fantastic images or capturing the essence of those whom he loved or admired.
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He shuffles onstage with a cigarette clamped between his teeth and a sly grin on his face. A plate-size Mercedes-Benz emblem is embroidered in heavy gold braid on the leg of his blue jeans; a huge diamond ring glitters, big as a walnut, on one finger. A cluster of gold artifacts hangs from a chain around his neck. The audience whoops. Foxx continues, sounding aggrieved. He shakes his head, then brightens, telling them, in effect, in a profane way to listen or shut up. And that is about all of Mr. Foxx's act - now being presented every night but Sunday at Dangerfield's -that can be printed, even in a sanitized version. On stage, he's no Sanford.
During the 70s and 80s, my brothers and I grew up watching Sanford and Son. Even today, the jokes are still funny. Marc Hoover.
John Elroy Sanford  December 9, — October 11, , better known by his stage name Redd Foxx , was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Foxx gained success with his raunchy nightclub acts during the s and s. Known as the "King of the Party Records", he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime. He portrayed Fred G. Is That You? During the show's five-year run, Foxx won a Golden Globe Award and received an additional three nominations, along with three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Foxx was posthumously given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in