HONOREE: Reverend Brown

2 03 2009

Film: Coming to America, 1988

Director: John Landis

Actor: Arsenio Hall

We’ve All Said It Before: “I dont know what you came to do, but…Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii (falsetto) came to praise his name”


We think this is the most underrated character in Coming to America…

Every element was just right.

Sharpton-esque hair. 3 piece suit. Neanderthal teeth. Arsenio did an amazing job at capturing that old man creep, nasty perv look in his eyes, and all the cliche black preacher mannerisms.

The sermon wasn’t supposed to happen, but all them Jackson Heights’ queens gave him the holy ghost:

“But you know, when I look at these contestants! For the Miss Black Awareness Pageant,… I feel good! I feel good, because I know there’s a God …somewhere! There’s a God …somewhere! Turn around ladies for me please! You know there’s a God who sits on high and looks down low! Man cannot make it like this! Larry Flynt! Hugh Hefner! They can take the picture, but you can’t make it! Only God above, the Hugh Hefner on high, can make it for ya!”

and that tiny foot shuffle Reverend Brown on the “IIIIIII …” @ 1:29 is awesome.  Instant Classic.

It wouldnt be right, if we didn’t point out that contestant in the middle @ :30. That glittery high cut bikini strap with the ass out…she had her ish together. There is a God somewhere!

The sermon:




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