Patterson and Jackson: Two Tons of Song and Mirth

This post is one of a series honoring Black History Month.

Patterson and Jackson were a plus sized African American comedy duo who billed themselves as “Two Tons of Song and Mirth” at black vaudeville theatres and nightclubs in the 1940s and 1950s. The clip below, in which they comically impersonate the Ink Spots doing “If I Didn’t Care”, is from the 1948 film Killer Diller.

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.



  1. I have been trying to find information about the lives of these 2 great entertainers for a decade. Very little background information or biographies on them. They were extremely talented.


  2. I’ve been trying to find more information about this talented duo, but info about them is difficult to find. If you know of any books or sources please email me. Thanks!


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