A Conversation with the Mann is the remarkable fictional story of the life of black comedian extraordinaire Jackie Mann. Jackie is a poor boy from Harlem and the victim of abuse from his widowed, alcoholic father. But everything changes on the day he discovers the power of comedy. When his classmates make fun of his tattered clothes, Jackie turns everything around by freely poking fun at himself and soon has everyone on the floor with laughter. His amazing talent -- and raging ambition -- take him through the local club circuit to become the most sought-after comedic entertainer in opulent, 50s Las Vegas and beyond.
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"This fictional accounting of the life of black comic extraordinaire Jackie Mann is, in fact, a history of American race relations in the latter half of the twentieth century. The hackneyed rags-to-riches literary genre is revitalized by this compelling story. It becomes a dazzling listen as performed by Dion Graham. He transports us into the life of a consummate entertainer who is seeking the social respect he thinks his professional status deserves in America of the 1950s. P.R. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"