I don’t jump up and down on the bed when you’re working
I’ve been getting a kick from watching all the bullshit Michael Richards has gotten himself into since he shit the bed during a stand up gig at the Laugh factory over in Hollywood. From what my many inside sources tell me, during his show there were a couple of black cats in the crowd doing a low grade flame job on Richards.
And apparently Mr. Richards wasn’t down with the heckling and lost his cool and started flinging out the N-word like monkeys throwing shit. So now folks all over are calling him a bigot and all kinds of worthless muthafuckers and shit. Whatever, let’s break this down for a minute.
From working stand-up back in the day for a few years I know a little bit about doing stand-up and working the crowds and heckling. First off Richards isn’t a stand-up comedienne, he’s what you call a comedic actor. Guy’s who do well in stand-up usually make decent to great comedic actors, while comedic actors have a hard time making the transition to stand-up.
Stand-up comics work in a very fluid situation where they have to think on the fly and deal with a drinking audience who’s expecting to be entertained. Comedic actors work from a script in a tightly controlled environment. So even though I wasn’t there I bet I can put on a good guess how things went.
Richards, who at best is a competent actor comes out to do his stand-up shtik. Now if you’re like me when you see Michael Richards you automatically think of that shlump Kramer and that’s who you’re expecting to see. But I bet he came out doing the standard ABC stand-up comic shit trying to be somebody else and muthafuckers weren’t down with that.
So cats in the crowd started giving him shit which is par for the course at a live comedy show. It’s the rule, you do stand-up comedy you’re gonna get heckled by somebody. Some comics love the interaction and it becomes part of the show whilst some comics try to work thru it and act like they don’t hear it. Richards on the other hand went the third route, he let it get to him, he lost his concentration and went the fuck off and dropped the N-word like Pringles out of the can.
And to tell you the truth and double standards aside, I don’t have issues with a white comic saying the N-word as long as it’s in the context of a comedy show. And as far as Richards is concerned, I doubt he’s a bigot, maybe an intensely confused asshole but no bigot. What I do have issues with is some club owner actually hiring Michael Richards to do stand-up.
"and the monkey flipped the switch"