Season One, Episode Four
Detroit comedian Heather Jay joins Mike Geeter and Seth Resler to talk about the fourth episode of Comedy Central’s show, Detroiters. They discuss local celebrities, the appearance of comedian George Wallace, and the impact of Motown on Detroit.
Here’s what they discussed:
- Pączkis are a Polish treat on Fat Tuesday.
- The Devereux Wigs commercial is a parody of Dittrich Furs commercials.
- Queen Virgin Remy produced this popular “Come and Get Your Weave Girl” commercial.
- Many Motown stars partied at a bar called 20 Grand.
- Aretha Franklin is a Detroiter, but she was not part of Motown.
- Legendary comedian George Wallace played Freddie “Motown” Brown.
- You can borrow a cup of sugar from El Debarge.
- “Lake Orion” is pronounced “ORE-ee-on.”
- Motown stars with wealth often moved to the Sherwood or Boston Edison neighborhoods.
- Michael Che is one of the Detroiters writers.
- Freddie “Motown” Brown may be based on “Downtown” Tony Brown, a famous Detroit comedian.
- Attorney Joumana Kayrouz is a celebrity in Detroit.
- Some people think The California Raisins eventually became a racist caricature.
- Four Bears was a popular water park in Shelby Township.
- Charles Pugh was a news anchor-turned-City Council President before his downfall.
- Heather graduated from Burton International Academy.
- Burn Rubber is a boutique sneaker store in Royal Oak.
- The word “Detroit” is pronounced “Day Twai” and means “narrow.”
- Mort Crim has a marketing agency in Michigan.
- Carmen Harlan and Amyre Makupson were newscaters in Detroit.
- Q: Who was the first woman elected to Detroit City Council in 1950?
- A: Mary Virginia Beck.
- Food: Detroit Vegan Soul.
- Drink: The Bellini at PV Lounge.
- Entertainment: Detroit Comedy Underground.
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