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Franklyn Ajaye - Comedian 1973

On: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Franklyn Ajaye
(rhymes with uh-lie') 
Franklyn Ajaye
aka Franklin Ajaye
aka The Jazz Comedian
May 13 1949 -
Official Site

Franklyn Ajaye, aka “The Jazz Comedian,” is a man of many talents. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, but raised in Los Angeles by an African father and a Florida-born mother. Ajaye is, as he likes to joke, a “true African-American.”
The former law student is an Emmy-nominated TV writer (In Living Color, Politically Incorrect, NYPD Blue), a skilled film actor (Car Wash, Stir Crazy, The Jazz Singer), author (Comic Insights— the Art of Stand Up Comedy) and a musician.
Ajaye’s first time on stage was at an amateur night at the Village Gate in New York’s Greenwich Village. Encouraged by the laughter, Ajaye quit law school, returned to Los Angeles and spent his evenings perfecting comedy routines at The Comedy Store on Sunset.
In 1973, he made his network debut on The Flip Wilson Show and a year later made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. At the same time, the first of Ajaye’s three comedy albums, Franklyn Ajaye, Comedian, was released by A&M Records. The success of his initial release led to: I’m A Comedian, Seriously and Don’t Smoke Dope, Fry Your Hair.
Reviewing his nightclub performance, Variety commented: “If Lenny Bruce were to be reincarnated, he might come back in a slightly different form as Franklyn Ajaye. The San Francisco Chronicle said, He has Pryor’s insights, and Cosby’s cool.
Ajaye believes that standup comedy is an underrated art form. He’s written a how-to book on stand-up called Comic Insights— The Art of Stand Up Comedy, featuring full-length interviews with 17 of America’s best stand-up comedians.
Ajaye, a restless man with a taste for adventure, emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1997. He performs his one-man show, teaches TV writing, and acts in the children’s adventure TV series, Pirate Islands.
Ajaye periodically returns to the U.S. to do clubs, specials and television performances. ~ComedyContact

01 High School Hoodlums 1:59
02 High School Fights 1:25
03 Studen Government 0:35
04 Spanish Names 0:29
05 Health Class 1:07
06 "B" Football 1:30
07 Fremont High 1:17
08 Weekend Parties 2:26
09 Student Visits Teacher 0:37
10 Graduation (2:55)
  a Class Time
  b Annual Signing
  c Neighborhood Commercial
  d Commencement Program

11 High School Counselor 0:14
12 Black Power Movement (5:39)
  a Black Paper
  b Black Hoodlum
  c BSU Meeting
  d Female Speaker
  e Ex-Convict Speaker
  f African Speaker

14 Basketball - UCLA 0:32
15 Disneyland 0:10
15 New York City (2:40)
  a Law School
  b Harlem
16 Television Shows (3:55)
   a I Spy
   b The Rookies
   c Ben Casey
   d Medical Center
   e Marcus Welby, M.D.
   f Star Trek
 17 Football 3:42
 18 Monsters On Television (2:27)

   a Japanese Movies
   b Wolfman
   c Frankenstein
   d Dracula
 19 Commercials
   a Post Grape-Nuts 1:23
 20 Skill Schools 1:10
 21-22 Public Service Announcements 0:35
 23 Margarine 0:42
 24 Playtex 1:04
 25 Going To The Bathroom (Ex-Lax) 1:12
 26 Trojans 1:02 

A&M Records ‎– SP-4405
His Other Albums on this blog are HERE 
Plaid Pants And Psychopaths 1986


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