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Whoopi Goldberg, a blackface Ted Danson, and the most politically incorrect comedy routine of all time

Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson on the night of the Friar's Club Roast
Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson on the night of the Friar's Club Roast Credit: Ron Galella

On Saturday, Whoopi Goldberg will bring her stand-up show, Whoopi Goldberg – Stand Up Live! to the UK for the first time. For one night only, the Oscar winner will give the London Palladium a taste of the kind of outrageous, boundary-pushing comedy that has come to define her over a three-decade career. How outrageous? Well, in 1993, she was partially responsible for a comedy routine so incendiary and offensive that it threatened to topple a comedy institution, offended Americans of every race, and possibly ended her relationship.

Now 61, Goldberg, who has dabbled in activism and children’s books in recent years, launched her newest venture last year: a company that makes medical marijuana products to help ease period pains. She also continues to rack up credits on film and TV series. However, Goldberg is more often making headlines for her provocative support of controversial figures, such...

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