‘The One And Only Dick Gregory’: Showtime Releases Full Trailer For Docu On Late Comic & Activist – Update

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

UPDATED with full trailer, 9:40 AM: Showtime has acquired The One and Only Dick Gregory, a feature-length documentary about the comedian and activist who specialized in cultural disruption. The pic about the late icon will air, appropriately, on the Fourth of July — following its June 19 world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Watch the first full trailer above. Below is a clip above that focuses on his anti-Vietnam War stance and the angry response from J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI.

More from Deadline

<img class=" wp-image-1234772160" src="https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?w=200&quot; alt=" - Credit: Showtime" width="261" height="392" srcset="https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg 1800w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=100,150 100w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=200,300 200w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=683,1024 683w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=1024,1536 1024w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=1365,2048 1365w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=40,60 40w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=312,468 312w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=150,225 150w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=110,165 110w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=285,428 285w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=160,240 160w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=320,480 320w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=640,960 640w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=400,600 400w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=800,1200 800w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=512,768 512w, https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/One_and_Only_Dick_Gregory_Key_Art_Poster.jpg?resize=1280,1920 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 261px) 100vw, 261px" />Showtime

Featuring interviews with Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart — who serves as an EP on the film — Wanda Sykes, W. Kamau Bell and others, the docu unpacks Gregory’s career as a stand-up comic, activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader who affected the lives of millions through constant disruption and awareness. He inspired a generation through on-the-ground activism, an untiring desire to help and his influential comedy. Featuring archival footage of his early career onstage, the film is bookended with Gregory’s own voice just before his death in 2017, reflecting on the impact of his life on the world as a self-described “agitator.”

“There is no more important time than now to revisit the life of Dick Gregory,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP Nonfiction Programming at Showtime Networks. “His fearless voice rose to the challenges of his time, calling upon Americans to question their beliefs, in an era where you risked your livelihood – maybe even your life – to speak out. Though a comedic genius of his generation, comedy turned out just to be the beginning of one of the most unique and impactful journeys of any person we’ve seen.”

Producer Andre Gaines makes his directing debut on The One and Only Dick Gregory, which he also wrote and produced.

“Dick Gregory is as present to me now as he was when I first started filming him six years ago – a trivial length of time when compared to the nearly six decades that this one man so greatly influenced American history, comedy, activism, and nutrition,” Gaines said. “He emptied himself completely for the movement, and while the enormity of his sacrifices are rarely acknowledged, he gave every artist a master class for what it truly means to both entertain and educate. Knowing Dick Gregory was a transformative experience that not only influenced the making of this film, but me as a man.”

Valerie Edwards also produced the pic from Cinemation Studios. Hart and Bryan Smiley of Hartbeat Productions executive produce alongside Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani for Hillman Grad Productions, Christian Gregory, Chad Troutwine and Matt Rachamkin.

Best of Deadline

Sign up for Deadline's Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.