Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Richard Pryor Reads the Alphabet

The new Sesame Street: Old School DVD gives this warning:

These early “Sesame Street” episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.

This may be the reason why. Richard Pryor recites the alphabet while clearly on the number 8 ball. His manager must have woke him up earlier than usual.

"Richard, you're supposed to be on Sesame Street right now!"

"Okay man, let me get my motherfucking jacket."

"Richard, they're expecting you."

"Yeah yeah. What is that, the 7 train?"

"The N."

"N? Man, I'm gonna have to do that letter."

Just shows how much you could get away with in the 70's. Like all the hosts on the Muppet Show who are obviously drunk (Lynda Carter, I'm looking at you). Here's the clip. Richard looks like he might just punch out the cameraman.

I'm still showing these episodes to Ben. And that's the Z of the game.


Anonymous said...

Gee, that's funny...they were intended for children 20 years ago. We watched them...and we turned out okay!

Renee said...

Today's kids can't handle dirty streets and kids that are not groomed at "Broadway Kids Kamp"

Watch out Ben, Daddy is looking for Magic Garden and Romper Room for you to learn by!

If we succeed you will know how to play fair and that you live in a world full of a variety of people who can learn from each other; with cool music in the background! :)