In Memoriam, here’s one of my favorite Richard Pryor routines….

Racist Word Association Interview

Interviewer…..Chevy Chase
Mr. Wilson…..Richard Pryor

Interviewer: Alright, Mr. Wilson, you’ve done just fine on the Rorshact.. your papers are in good order.. your file’s fine.. no difficulties with your motor skills.. And I think you’re probably ready for this job. We’ve got one more psychological test we always do here. It’s just a Word Association. I’ll throw you out a few words – anything that comes to your mind, just throw back at me, okay? It’s kind of an arbitrary thing. Like, if I say “dog”, you’d say..?

Mr. Wilson: “Tree”.

Interviewer: “Tree”. [ nods head, prepares the test papers ] “Dog”.

Mr. Wilson: “Tree”.

Interviewer: “Fast”.

Mr. Wilson: “Slow”.

Interviewer: “Rain”.

Mr. Wilson: “Snow”.

Interviewer: “White”.

Mr. Wilson: “Black”.

Interviewer: “Bean”.

Mr. Wilson: “Pod”.

Interviewer: [ casually ] “Negro”.

Mr. Wilson: “Whitey”.

Interviewer: “Tarbaby”.

Mr. Wilson: [ silent, sure he didn’t hear what he thinks he heard ] What’d you say?

Interviewer: [ repeating ] “Tarbaby”.

Mr. Wilson: “Ofay”.

Interviewer: “Colored”.

Mr. Wilson: “Redneck”.

Interviewer: “Junglebunny”.

Mr. Wilson: [ starting to get angry ] “Peckerwood!”

Interviewer: “Burrhead”.

Mr. Wilson: [ defensive ] “Cracker!”

Interviewer: [ aggressive ] “Spearchucker”.

Mr. Wilson: “White trash!”

Interviewer: “Jungle Bunny!”

Mr. Wilson: [ upset ] “Honky!”

Interviewer: “Spade!

Mr. Wilson: [ really upset ] “Honky Honky!”

Interviewer: [ relentless ] “Nigger!”

Mr. Wilson: [ immediate ] “Dead honky!” [ face starts to flinch ]

Interviewer: [ quickly wraps the interview up ] Okay, Mr. Wilson, I think you’re qualified for this job. How about a starting salary of $5,000?

Mr. Wilson: Your momma!

Interviewer: [ fumbling ] Uh.. $7,500 a year?

Mr. Wilson: Your grandmomma!

Interviewer: [ desperate ] $15,000, Mr. Wilson. You’ll be the highest paid janitor in America. Just, don’t.. don’t hurt me, please..

Mr. Wilson: Okay.

Interviewer: [ relieved ] Okay.

Mr. Wilson: You want me to start now?

Interviewer: Oh, no, no.. that’s alright. I’ll clean all this up. Take a couple of weeks off, you look tired.

Richard Pryor on Wikipedia

Remembering Richard


4 Responses to “RICHARD PRYOR 1940-2005”

  1. Mr. Baatard Says:

    My favorite routine of his was the heart attack one, “my heart is trying to kill me”.

    It’s always a shame to lose talent like that, but it’s our loss. He’s in a better place now.

  2. Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden Says:

    12 16 05

    Hey NF: Thx for the tribute. I miss him!!! I guess I have been grieving for him for quite awhile now, as he hasn’t been in public for some time. At least he is at peace. I bet he is cracking jokes with God and playing games up there. He and Gene Wilder were the greatest team ever! BTW I noticed you changed the look to your blog. Interesting:) Happy Holidays. I know you must be wayyyyyy too busy to follow my blog, but I am just getting over pnuemonia and am up cuz I cannot sleep. Oh well. Happy Holidays and MERRRRRRRY CHRISTMAS to you:)

  3. Nightfighter Says:

    Thanks Mahndisa,your comments are always hot property with me. I remember seeing this routine performed live on snl and I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Richard knew he was saying what a lot of us wanted to say, but didn’t know how to frame, so that all our brothers could laugh with us about the absurdities of our situation of the moment.

    The change in the blog’s appearance was actually an accident that I haven’t had time to rectify. This week was very productive and didn’t leave much time to blog. So, I’ll hopefully find a little time to blog today….between watching Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Bears.
    I hope you’re careful with that pneumonia and rest your BODY! It can run only so fast, m!

    Merry Christmas!…. and I’ll be over to see what you are up to soon;)

  4. Nightfighter Says:

    Mr Baatard,

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you drop in again.

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