Tim and Tom

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Tim and Tom
Medium Stand-up, television
Subject(s) Race, ethnicity, America, race relations

Tim and Tom were an American comedy duo made up of Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen. DuPont marketing manager Reid and insurance salesman Dreesen met at a Junior Chamber of Commerce meeting near Chicago [1] in 1968. They were "put together to promote an anti-drug program in the local schools" and, prompted by a comment from a child, decided to form a comedy team. [1] The team, later billed as "Tim & Tom", was the first interracial comedy duo (Reid is African-American and Dreesen is white). Years later, Reid and Dreesen co-wrote a book about those years called Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White ( ISBN   978-0-226-70900-0, co-written with sports writer Ron Rapoport).

A 1970 Jet article stated that the comedy duo were good examples of racial cooperation and had received national attention "in persuading young people against the use of drugs". [2]

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  1. 1 2 WKRP vet Reid, standup Dreesen's previous life, an October 2008 CNN article
  2. "Talking About." Jet . Johnson Publishing Company, February 12, 1970. Vol. 37, No. 19. ISSN   0021-5996. p. 43 "Windy City interracial comedy team, Tim and Tom, which, like the nationally prominent black and white Steve Rossi and Slappy White comedy duo, is real soul in action. Not only have Tim and Tom received national attention for their efforts in ..."