Nipsey Russell

American entertainer (1918–2005)

Julius "Nipsey" Russell (15 September 19182 October 2005) was a comedian best known for his appearances as a guest panelist on many game shows in the 1970s and 80s, and for his performance as the Tin Man in the film The Wiz. He is often referred to as "the poet laureate of television" because of his signature saucy 4-line rhymes.

Nipsey Russell in 1971


  • They found an orangutan suffering from a hernia,
    Fed him poison from a rattlesnake bite,
    Gave him the soothing voice of a wild hyena,
    And he's 'Man of the Week' tonight!"
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