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Carson didn’t feature the most diverse lineup, which may explain why he relied on Pryor to explain the “Black experience.” The legendary comic obliged — to a point. Watching Pryor bristle at the host’s ignorance was funnier than 80% of his movies.

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Recently republished, Alan Davidson and Phil Gascoine’s “Fran of the Floods” is a surprisingly grim tale in the otherwise unthreatening “Jinty” UK comics. As if it wasn’t bad enough for poor teenage Fran to lose her home when a freak storm floods Britain, she also loses her family and friends while trying to find out if her sister has somehow survived the storms.

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On the outset, this memoir sounds entirely serious: a young man, born to a European father and Xhosa mother during the rule of apartheid in South Africa (meaning his very existence is a crime), explores growing up in an era marked by violence. After all, the book opens with the Immorality Act of 1927, which states that “illicit carnal intercourse between Europeans and natives” is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years!

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England is usually a punchline when it comes to food. “The Trip” argues that, while its cuisine may once have sucked, it’s now world-class. The improvised comedy features comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as versions of themselves, traveling around rural England, competing to see who does a better Michael Caine impersonation and enjoying the heck out of the fare at country inns. The two enact a toxic relationship but they’ve reunited, nevertheless, for sequels in Italy, Spain and Greece.

There’s a lot of past in our future. Despite the onslaught of head-turning current events, news and documentary series are still driven by gri…

Apparently, comedy is serious business. Created by Jim Carrey, the new period drama “I’m Dying Up Here” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) explores the…

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