If you've never heard of Rudy Ray Moore, you are sadly deprived, my friend. Rudy Ray Moore is the funniest, filthiest comedian in these United States, and star of the most entertaining films in the "blaxploitation" genre. Forget Shaft— Dolemite is the man!

Rudy Ray Moore began his comedy career in the army, and later came to Los Angeles. While working in an LA record store, Moore would listen to Rico, the local wino, telling stories about the "bad rascal Dolemite" and later incorporated those stories into his act. After playing his first record to a distributor, the man told him "Rudy, you have gone mad. What do you expect to do with this piece of shit?" "Sell it!" Moore replied. And he did.

Rudy became instantly successful with X-rated "party records" like "Dolemite for President," "Eat Out More Often," and "I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing" before entering the motion picture field.

His first movie, Dolemite (1974) has him in jail on trumped up charges. He's sprung from jail by his girls and gets his revenge on his arch-enemy Willie Green and the crooked cops who framed him in a fast-motion kung-fu finale. Especially good is the incomprehensible speech of Dolemite's informant, Creeper, the Hamburger Pimp.

The sequel, The Human Tornado (1976, also known as Dolemite II), shows Dolemite on the run after being caught in bed with the redneck sheriff's wife. In addition, his nightclub is being hassled by mobsters, so he and friend Queen Bee train their girls in karate to help him get his revenge!

My favorite Rudy Ray Moore movie is Petey Wheatstraw, The Devil's Son in Law (1977). Rudy plays Petey, a comedian (also called "Mr. Excitement") who, after his friends are killed by fat, unfunny rivals Leroy and Skillet, makes a deal with the devil to marry his ugly daughter in exchange for revenge! Don't miss the scene where Petey holds up his walking stick and causes a windstorm inside Leroy & Skillet's club! For my money, this is the best motion picture of all time.

Disco Godfather (1977, also known as Avenging Godfather and Avenging Disco Godfather) is pretty amazing, too. Rudy plays Tucker Williams, the Disco Godfather. Tucker owns a dance club where he stands behind the mixing board, shouting out "Put your weight on it!" to the crowd. When his nephew shows up wigged out on PCP, Tucker starts a campaign to "attack the wack!" This movie features some of the best drug freak-out scenes and fast-motion kung-fu you've ever seen.

Do yourself a favor and check out these motion pictures, or if you can, check out one of his comedy albums or the recently released compilation of his music on Norton Records!

Do yourself a favor and check out these motion pictures, or if you can, check out one of his comedy albums or the recently released compilation of his music on Norton Records!

[ Damn! The sounds of Dolemite! ]




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