For four years in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson
presided over one of the most popular variety shows on television. The show
featured weekly guest stars as well as Wilson's own characters, the most
noteworthy of whom were "Reverend Leroy," the genially bombastic pastor of the
"Church of What's Happening Now," and "Geraldine Jones," a thoroughly sassy and
proud African American woman played by Wilson in a miniskirt.