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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our First Black President

posted by on November 5 at 18:16 PM


You have to watch this old Richard Pryor sketch. Whoa… lots of spooky moments.

No, wait. I meant prescient, lots of eerily prescient moments.

Courtesy of Slog tipper Christy O.

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That's the exchange I'd love to see in the first press conference.

Posted by kinaidos | November 5, 2008 6:59 PM

I know Richard Pryor was ill for quite a well, so I would never want to have extended his years if they were painful, but man, if ONLY he were alive to see Election Day 2008. :(

Good call, Christy O. I've been a proud owner of that Richard Pryor Show DVD set for a while.

Posted by mackro mackro | November 5, 2008 7:26 PM

Lots of familiar faces there. Venus from WKRP and I believe that 'asian' reporter at the beginning is Robin Williams

Posted by DavidC | November 5, 2008 8:02 PM

Yeah, great cast: Tim Reid, Marsha Warfield, Sandra Bernhard, Paul Mooney - Williams was also a regular, but in this sketch he's only seen briefly at about :35 in standing behind the UPI reporter.

Posted by COMTE | November 5, 2008 9:06 PM

In contrast to modern-day political satire la SNL, Pryor ripped the scabs off America's wounds to renew the pain in an effort to keep it foremost in the American psyche. Like so many, the man deserves a monument in DC. Check out DVDs of the old Pryor Show and The Smother's Brothers last season to see where Stewart and Colbert's inspiration came from, and how far below the bar they fall.

"They call it the White House, but that's a temporary condition." -- George Clinton

Posted by kai | November 5, 2008 10:40 PM

Can Obama please treat Faux news like that guy from the alabama paper?

Posted by guy | November 6, 2008 6:28 AM

This clip is also reason #647 why Richard Pryor is one of America's greatest celebrities of our time, forgiving some of the stupid shit he said circa 1979 or so.

Posted by mackro mackro | November 6, 2008 9:24 AM

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