Sunday, November 03, 2013

Word Association

Way back here, in my piece marking the passing of groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor, I noted the seminal skit he appeared in on Saturday Night Live, wherein he and Chevy Chase engage in a word association game during the course of a job interview that rapidly escalates into the kind of uncomfortable tension that creates comedy gold (check out the vid after the jump). In an excerpt posted at Salon from their new book (on shelves Tuesday) about the late comedian, authors David Henry and Joe Henry lay out the sequence of events leading up to that legendary skit.

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