The late Robin Harris, the beloved comedian best known for his recurring sketch, “Bebe Kids,” will be featured on the new TV One series, “Unsung Hollywood,” airing at 10 p.m., Wednesday.
Adding his caustic humor to hit movies such as “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Do the Right Thing,” Harris was prominently featured is the cult classic “House Party,” playing Christopher “Kid” Reid’s “stern, but loving” father. Tragically, Harris died within month’s of the film’s release, while his wife was pregnant with their son, Robin Harris Jr.
In the episode, narrated by Gary Anthony Williams, Harris’ family (including Robin Jr.), friends and fellow comedians come together to tell the story of “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian” — a “stand up guy who was loved by his community and on a mission to teach the world how to find the funny truth in just about everything.”
“Taking a cue from the original, music-centric ‘Unsung’ series, ‘Unsung Hollywood’ fosters TV Ones’ overarching mission to highlight Black artists, entertainers and programming,” said D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of programming and production for TV One. “‘Unsung Hollywood’ recounts the achievements of some of the most beloved and groundbreaking artists in the African-American creative community — all of whom have devoted their lives to making their mark in movies, television, comedy and sports — and in the process, have helped elevate and transform the entertainment experience.”
According to the network, “Unsung Hollywood” will share rare stories from film, television, comedy and sports stars through clips, archival and contemporary performances, and exclusively shot, behind-the-scenes footage. As with “Unsung,” “Unsung Hollywood” also features in-depth personal interviews with the talent as well as their family members, friends, industry associates, fellow entertainers and various cultural commentators.
Upcoming episodes of “Unsung Hollywood” include:
March 12 - “What’s Happening!!”
March 19 - Dick Gregory
March 26 - Flip Wilson