|Birth name||Clerow Wilson, Jr.|
December 8, 1933|
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
|Died||November 25, 1998
Malibu, California, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Spouse||Lavenia Patricia “Peaches” Wilson nee Dean (m. 1957; div. 1967)
Tuanchai MacKenzie (m. 1979; div. 1984)
|Notable works and roles||The Flip Wilson Show|
You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine.
My happiest memory of childhood was my first birthday in reform school. This teacher took an interest in me. In fact, he gave me the first birthday presents I ever got: a box of Cracker Jacks and a can of ABC shoe polish.
Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don't get sick you're missing half the fun.
Things can be funny only when we are in fun. When we're 'dead earnest,' humor is the only thing that is dead.
I was number one in the ratings four times last year and twice this season. What could be more damn equal than that? If they get any more equal, I don't want it.
It would be ridiculous for me to say anything negative regarding blacks having an equal opportunity on TV.
Funny is not a color. Being black is only good from the time you get from the curtain to the microphone.
My show is my statement. What I have to say is on the screen. My life is my own. I don't want to talk about my private self. Why should I?