Cotton and Chick Watts Blackface Minstrel Show Comedy



Even by minstrel show standards, Cotton Watts was far more extreme and offensive than most blackface comedians of his time. This clip includes the classic “Lion Tamer” bit and an excellent dance routine in “slap shoes.” Read more about the history of blackface and minstrel shows at

Clip used with permission of the copyright holder: Kit Parker Films

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43 thoughts on “Cotton and Chick Watts Blackface Minstrel Show Comedy

  1. This guy is really talented. I remember watching this many years ago back in school and it's still hilarious today 😄 Thanks for uploading! But does anybody know what happened to his lips?. I noticed that a lot of black people in these older films had very "white" lips. Is it vitiligo?

  2. FOR MANY MANY YEARS THE PHILADELPHIA MUMMERS PARADE COMIC DIVISION WERE ALL IN BLACK FACE. NO ONE BUT NO ONE SAID A WORD. AS A SMALL BOY IN THE EARLY FORTIES WHEN ONE OF THESE MUMMERS CAME UP TO ME IN BLACK FACE SMELLING LIKE HE JUST DRANK A GALLON OF BOOZE I TRULY DID"NT FIND IT FUNNY. IT STARTED MANY YEARS BEFORE THAT. BUT I THINK TODAY THERE IS TO TO MUCH SENSITIVITY. I PRAY THEY NEVER FIND A PICTURE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. IMPEACH NOTHING THE DEMORATS WILL HAVE HIM HUNG.

  3. Just reading half these comments…
    Peace to the gods, known n unknown. Double honor to the ancestors(all of em) for going thru their trials, to get us here. May we learn from our mistakes.
    Keep laughing at evil…

  4. There's something so demonic about these blackface shows. I'm so glad they died out. But unfortunately, there's still modern day variations of black face. Watching these opens my eyes and mind to only snippets of this ugly history and what our ancestors had to endure. It's so saddening.

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