Here is this month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names. Redd Foxx, how well did you know him?
For the last few months we’ve been building up to the holiday season—and I did not realize my penchant for red and green. What with Red Smith, Red Green, Lorne Greene and now at the suggestion of Bumba, wonderfully named comedian, Redd Foxx—he double downed on the last letters of his stage name.
Redd came into this world as John Elroy Sanford of Chicago, Illinois. He earned the name Redd for his ruddy complexion and he adopted the name Foxx from Major League Baseball player, Jimmie Foxx.
While still in Chicago, he worked as a dishwasher and was referred to as Chicago Red, not to be confused with his friend and fellow dishwasher, Detroit Red, better known as Malcolm X.
He started his comedy career on the “Chitlin Circuit” in the 1940’s and 50’s. The blue humor, too scandalous to be seen or heard by the main stream circuit…
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