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LAist Interview: Bobby Slayton, The Pitbull of Comedy

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Listen to the interview here:
Bobby Slayton is an icon, he's been doing stand-up for 30 years, everyone in the industry knows him, and generations of us have grown up on his comedy. At his live show the crowd gets warmed up with a video of practically every single well-known American comic, from Don Rickles to Robin Williams, giving props to Bobby. I've been listening and seeing Bobby Slayton perform for 25 years, listening to him on the SF radio station "The Quake" when I was a pre-teen and sneaking into the Punchline, the stomping grounds of Whoopi Goldberg, the Amazing Jonathan, Bob Saget, Ellen DeGeneres, etc. to see his act. When you're growing up the best thing you can hear is someone who sees bullshit and calls it what it is, and if there is someone who has always consistently done that, that person is Bobby Slayton.

You might not be a fan of stand-up but you've seen or heard Bobby Slayton as: the TV Show Host in Ed Wood (for you artsy fartsy Tim Burton fans), Leonard Cornfeathers in Family Guy, or in last year's Oscar winning blockbuster, Dreamgirls, as the comic in Miami. Slayton's performance in Dreamgirls was the only true and honest reference to the racism that existed in the early '60s in that entire movie which seemed to be more focused on the costumes and backstage antics than anything anything as real or inspirational as Bobby's performance.