SNL Transcripts: Rodney Dangerfield: 03/08/80: Niggerrand


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 5: Episode 13

79m: Rodney Dangerfield / The J. Geils Band


Spokesman…..Harry Shearer

[ open on cartoon financial figure drawings ]

Spokesman V/O: The stock market rises and falls. Savings account interest doesn’t even keep up with inflation. And stamps take YEARS to collect.

[ dissolve to Spokesman seated in leather chair in his office ]

Spokesman: Now… for the person who is wise enough to recognize the world’s finest investment — and secure enough not to have to apologize for it — the South African Gold Board introduces a distinguished new gold coin: the Niggerrand. This 1-ounce, 99.9% fine gold coin commemorates the labor of those who made it possible…

[ dissolve to close-up illustration of the coin ]

Spokesman V/O: With this beautifully-etched portrait of an actual African minesman. On the reverse: a beautifully-etched map of the areas where, by law, these workers are allowed to live.

[ dissolve back to Spokesman ]

Spokesman: You’ll want to treasure your Niggerrands for years to come. Or you’ll want to buy and sell them, just like the people they honor… do! For that perfect person on your gift list, the Niggerand is an especially perfect way of expressing your feelings of caring. Because it’s the gift that keeps on grinning! Tomorrow is the perfect time to begin YOUR investment program.

[ dissolve to the coin ]

Spokesman V/O: Why not visit your selected bank or brokerage house, and put your future in Niggerrands! Because even the colorblind can see gold!

[ fade ]

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Don Roy King is directing his fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him nine Emmys and thirteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for thirteen DGA Awards and won in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe’s Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He completed the screen capture of Broadway's Romeo & Juliet in 2013. - LinkedIn

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Boss Clown
Boss Clown
1 year ago

I find this strange. Can someone please analyze vis-a-vis comedy and racism? Thanks

Reply to  Boss Clown
17 days ago

The sketch was calling out racism as well as apartheid in South Africa. It was meant to shock. It succeeded.