Comedian Spotlight: Charlie Barnett

Posted 6/26/2009 by DJ NY in Labels: , , ,
Charlie Barnett was an actor/comedian who passed away well before his time. He lived from 1954-1996. Barnett gained popularity by performing in New York City parks- mainly Washington Square Park because it attracted so many people of different backgrounds. He had short roles on television and in movies and may be best remembered for his character Neville "Noogie" Lamont on Miami Vice. At age 41, Bannett died of AIDS and his dream of becoming a well-known star ended. Although his dream ended at such a short time, he has influenced the work of Dave Chappelle and other black comedians. I came across this clip of him today and thought he was worth looking into because over the years a lot of people's work has been taken for granted; and we never know if the same person who entertained us today will live to entertain us tomorrow, but if we cherish their work now, there can be more appreciation. I hope you enjoy & appreciate the clip.




4 comment(s) to... “Comedian Spotlight: Charlie Barnett”

4 comments:

WHayes said...

Nice seeing the history lesson in action. Easy to forget even amazing performers have influences.



DJ NY said...

you're absolutely right



jorsillo said...

he was awesome and very much missed.... he had one of my favorite jokes i still use.... my fav number is 68.... but u can owe me one...



Dwizzyindaflesh said...

He was my homie Steve's big brother. I didn't know much about him until his brother filled me in on him a few years ago. I got the opportunity to watch Def Jam Comedy, and he killed em! He was in a episode that was too "raw" for tv!! Thanx for spotlighting him. Also, Dave Chapelle admits the influence that Charlie had on his career...




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