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Many Battles Fought

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During the late 80s, he was a popular comedian that was on the rise and was appearing everywhere.

Over the years, comedian, Lester Bibbs, has been a man of many faces battling the odds of many battles. Today Bibbs is battling the biggest battle of his life, a bout with cancer for the second time in 10 years. He remains strong, passionate about life and equipped with a high spirit that appear too hard to break. Bibbs says with a big smile and hearty laugh, “it’s a battle that I’ve conquered before and I am sure that it is battle that I can conquer once again.”

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Bibbs was raised by parents that were both ministers. Bibbs started growing interest in comedy at the innocent age of 15. At the age of 16, he wasn’t too innocent when he lied about his age to get into the local comedy club, Sir Laughs Alot.

There he witnessed comedian legend, Steve Harvey, performing a terrible standup. “He was horrible. He bombed. Nobody like what Steve was saying, says Bibbs.  Harvey was getting booed and heckled by the audience, and Bibbs was one of those hecklers.

Harvey and Bibbs exchanged a few words after Bibbs told him that he could do better than what he was doing entertaining the audience. So Harvey invited Bibbs on the stage and that’s how he got his first start. As Bibbs got older (and legally), he went to perform for Prince as an opening act.  Harvey and Bibbs formed a relationship that allowed Harvey to crash on Bibbs’s mother’s couch at times when he was in town.  Bibbs began to make a name for himself by performing at various comedy clubs and appeared on a number of comedy shows: Death Comedy Jam, Bad Boys of Comedy and more.


But it wasn’t until 1992 when Bibbs made a controversial decision that could have cost him his life.  He was headlining a show at the Comedy Zone in Lafayette, LA. Before his performance, Bibbs was informed that former KKK Grand Wizard and Republican Presidential candidate, David Duke; businessman, Donald Trump; actor, Fred Thompson was sitting front row at his performance.

David Duke
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During the 80s/90s, David Duke was well-known as a former Klu Klax Klan (KKK) Grand Wizard who is quoted on his Wikipedia page as:
an American white supremacist, white nationalist politician, white separatist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, convicted felon, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.” involved in politics.  After departing from the KKK, Duke became a Louisiana State Representative, and later unsuccessfully ran for several offices.  In 1991, Duke ran as the Republican gubernatorial candidate for the state of Louisiana, but failed.

In 1992, Duke ran for the second time as a presidential candidate of the United States.  Obviously supported by Donald Trump and Fred Thompson, they both accompanied Duke to the Louisiana comedy club.  Bibbs didn’t like the idea of the country’s most well-known racist at the time and two of his supporters at his show.

Bibbs was advised to ignore them and just continue on with his show, but being the rebellious individual that he is, Bibbs thought it was the perfect opportunity to personally address the GOP candidate, suspected racist (Fred Thompson) and the man we know now today as the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  

Instead of carrying on with his regular comedy routine, Bibbs immediately addressed his front seat guest with a finger pointing lashing and “Fuck You… Fuck You and FUCK YOU!!!”

“I was young and I didn’t give a fuck! I want them to know how I felt about their racist ass, says Bibbs.

Efforts were made to reach out to President Trump by Twitter to see if he remebered the incident, and if he had any comment about it, but Trump never responded by the time of the publishing of this article.  

But it wasn’t that easy for Bibbs to just let things go and move on from that incident. Bibbs received information that a hit was placed on his head, and to protect those close to him he went into hiding for several years. But was later forced to reemerge under the alias, “Memphis Redd.”   

During this time, Bibbs discovered his first round of cancer. He spent the following 10 years, retired from comedy and battling cancer.  Not wanting to take the chemotherapy route, Bibbs elected to receive holistic treatment.

Holistic treatment is a natural form of therapy without having to resort to radioactive treatment such as chemotherapy that can be just as dangerous to the patient.     

After successful treatments, Bibbs was able to beat cancer.  But in recent weeks just short of his one year anniversary of his succesful treatment. Bibbs discovered that the cancer had returned for another round.

Today Bibbs is managing his health wisely as he continues to receive holistic care. Being that holistic treatment is a relatively new means to fight cancer, it is not covered by medical insurance. Bibbs is working to establish the first medical provider that provides holistic treatment to cancer patients that seek other alternatives to cancer treament.

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