SNL Transcripts: Richard Pryor: 12/13/75

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December 13th, 1975

Richard Pryor

Gil Scott-Heron

Annazette Chase

The Muppets

Thalmus Rasalula

Shelley Pryor

Albert Brooks


Neil Levy

Tom Davis

Al Franken

Kathy McKee

Tom Schiller

Rosie Shuster

Paul Mooney
Garrett Takes The FallSummary: Due to a special request by Richard Pryor, Garrett Morris does the fall in a restaurant scene instead of Chevy Chase.



Richard Pryor’s MonologueSummary: Richard Pryor performs a stand-up routine about being drunk in a bar.

Bio: Known for his profanity-laced comedy routines, Richard Pryor (1940-2005) also wrote material for TV series like “The Flip Wilson Show” and “Sanford and Son” and films like “Blazing Saddles.” In 1977, NBC gave him his own short-lived variety series, “The Richard Pryor Show.”

Note: Because of Pryor’s use of obscenities in his performances, censors put the show on a 7-second delay.

Note: In order to get Pryor to host SNL, Lorne Michaels had to agree to let Gil-Scott Heron, Thalmus Rasulala and Pryor’s ex-wife Shelley also perform on the show. Said Michaels later about these stipulations, “He better be funny.”


Samurai HotelSummary: All a traveler(Chevy Chase) wants is a room for the night, so desk clerk Futaba (John Belushi) engages in a swordfight with his bellboy (Richard Pryor) to get the job done.

Recurring Characters: Futaba.

Note: At the end of the sketch, Futaba speaks the only line of English he’ll ever utter throughout the Samurai’s run.


Gil Scott-Heron performs “Johannesburg”Bio: The jazz-based R&B stylings of Gil Scott-Heron (1949-) helped to influence rap music.

Looks At BooksSummary: Junior Griffin (Richard Pryor) tells Jane Curtin all about his experience disguised as a white man.


New DadSummary: The typical family home is made up of Mom (Jacqueline Carlin), Dad (Dan Aykroyd) and the children. But if Dad suddenly dies, the family’s emotional loss is covered by New Dad (Chevy Chase).

Note: Repeat from 10/11/75.

Police Line Up ISummary: A rigged police line-up points to a handcuffed black man (Richard Pryor) as the definite offender.


Racist Word Association InterviewSummary: A black man (Richard Pryor) being interviewed for a janitor’s position endures a word association quiz with the Human Resources officer (Chevy Chase), and it quickly turns ugly.


PongSummary: Al Franken talks about a rough hockey outing during a game of Pong with Tom Davis.


Black TakeoverSummary: Paranoid that the blacks are taking over, a suburban dad (Dan Aykroyd) fails to realize his family’s transformation at the dinner table.


Weekend Update with Chevy ChaseSummary: Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) gives an editorial response against “busting” schoolchildren. Garrett Morris again repeats the top story for the hard-of-hearing.


Spud BeerSummary: The perfect brew following your electroshock therapy.

Note: Repeat from 11/22/75.

Police Line Up IISummary: A rigged police line-up that includes a nun (Jane Curtin), a duck, and an icebox points to a black man (Richard Pryor) as the definite offender.


Suicide PillSummary: While being told about its destructive power, a Major (Richard Pryor) accidentally swallows the suicide pill.


The MuppetsSummary: Ploobis & Scred visit The Mighty Favog while drunk.


Police Line Up IIISummary: A rigged police line-up that includes a line of policemen points to a black man (Richard Pryor) as the definite offender.


Exorcist IISummary: Father Merrin (Thalmus Rasulala) and Father Karras (Richard Pryor) don’t react favorably when possessed Regan (Laraine Newman) badmouths their mamas.

Bio: Thalmus Rasulala (1939-91) appeared in various blaxplotation films of the 70’s. Richard Pryor requested his appearance on SNL, as one of the conditions for getting him to host.


Albert Brooks FilmSummary: Albert Brooks lays out his agenda from his sickbed.


Kennedy AssassinationSummary: An audience member (Tom Schiller) is shot when he alleges his own Kennedy assassination conspiracy.


Richard Pryor Stand-UpSummary: Richard Pryor performs stand-up about a heroin addict being mentored by a wino.


Shelley PryorSummary: Shelly Pryor tells a story about carousel horses.

Bio: Shelley Pryor was married to Richard Pryor between 1967-69.


Gil Scott-Heron performs “A Lovely Day”Lyrics


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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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