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Franklyn Ajaye
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    (May 13, 1949- )
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Stand-up comedian
    Film credits include ‘Car Wash,’ ‘Convoy,’ ‘Stir Crazy,’ ‘The Jazz Singer (1980),’ ‘The ’Burbs,’ ‘American Yakuza’ and 'Bridesmaids'
    LPs include ‘I’m a Comedian, Seriously,’ ‘Don’t Smoke Dope, Fry Your Hair,’ and ‘Plaid Pants and Psychopaths’
    Author of ‘Comic Insights: The Art of Standup Comedy’
    Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program (In Living Color, 1990; Politically Incorrect, 1997)
    No, that’s not a misprint, he really does spell his name with a ‘y.’
    Get a load of his incisors.
    He drew comparisons to Lenny Bruce.
    He dropped out of Columbia Law School to pursue stand-up comedy.
    ‘I don’t think that comedians have a tradition of trashing the next generation.’
    He was named for his father, who came from Sierra Leone.
    He lists Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Bill Cosby as inspirations.
    He plays the clarinet and performs off-and-on at jazz clubs (hence his nickname of Jazzcomedian).
    Jerry Moss (of A&M Records) attended one of his shows, clearing the way for him to cut a comedy album completely free of the A&R people.
    As an émigré to Australia (‘no guns, no God, no gangster rap’), he would become a regular at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
    Because his mother was also born stateside, he jokes about being ‘a true African American.’

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