Larry Wilmore, I’d Rather We Got Casinos: and Other Black Thoughts


The Daily Show’s “Senior Black Correspondent” Larry Wilmore has followed in the footsteps of other alumni of the ubiquitous comedy news program by releasing his own book. And, simply put, he does not disappoint.

Wilmore is one of the few Daily Show correspondents with a consistent title. This has allowed him to make an impact on audiences, carving out a niche with his trademarked befuddling of Jon Stewart with his take on Black issues. But Wilmore’s comedy roots go back far deeper; he was a writer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Living Color, The Bernie Mac Show, and The Office. For his work on The Bernie Mac Show, he won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

I’d Rather We Got Casinos is a collection of Wilmore’s musings and thoughts on a variety of Black topics or, as he puts it, his “Black Thoughts.” This covers a broad range of territory, from his search for a Black Jesus to the probably racist lack of UFO interactions by average African-Americans. Wilmore is funny and incisive, while being subtly insightful with his commentary; reading this book will teach you to find racism in everyday in places you may never have expected possible.

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