Wisconsin Comedian Charlie Hill Continues To Inspire Generations Of Indigenous People

By Karl Christenson | June 3, 2021

  • Charlie Hill (Courtesy of Nasbah Hill)

Charlie Hill (Courtesy of Nasbah Hill)

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Comedian Charlie Hill grew up in Oneida, Wisconsin watching his favorite comics get laughs on late night TV. He eventually ended up as a 30-year regular at The Comedy Store, launched a career in acting, and performed comedy on many of the biggest TV talk shows, including “The Tonight Show.”

WPR’s “BETA” recently featured comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff, who talked about Charlie Hill’s path to becoming an unsung hero of comedy and a symbol of hope for many Indigenous people.

BONUS: To learn more about Charlie Hill, listen to Doug Gordon’s full conversation with Kliph Nesteroff on WPR’s “BETA.” There you’ll learn about Charlie Hill’s impact on the comedy world, as well as his unique friendships with Richard Pryor, David Letterman, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Karl Christenson

Karl Christenson

Karl Christenson is a producer at Wisconsin Public Radio. He enjoys taking his family on cross-country holiday road trips to theme parks and eating bologna sandwiches and parking in the last spot so he can get out of there first.
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