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  • -Eddie, part of being a legend means that you spend some time

  • with other legends, and I was thinking that I could say

  • maybe the name of another iconic person and you can tell me

  • the first memory or story that comes to your mind.

  • Is that okay?

  • -Yeah, sure, yeah.

  • I don't know how many legends I've met.

  • -I have 104 listed here.

  • -You have 104 actual legends?

  • -No, no, no, I only have like five legends.

  • Alright. Here we go. Richard Pryor.

  • -He was so nice and sweet to me, and I loved to make him laugh.

  • There was nothing more rewarding than to say something

  • and have Richard Pryor -- [ Laughs as Pryor ]

  • That's how he laughed. [ Laughs as Pryor ]

  • When Richard did that, you would be like...

  • To make Richard laugh? Yeah. -Right?

  • -He was so, so, so sweet to me.

  • -How about Rodney Dangerfield?

  • -Rodney Dangerfield -- I met him when I was young.

  • He gave me, like, bad advice.

  • I met him when I was like 17.

  • I was 17. I played the Comic Strip down in Fort Lauderdale,

  • and Rodney Dangerfield came in and bumped everybody.

  • It was like, "Dangerfield's going up."

  • And all the comics are like, "Dangerfield!"

  • He went up and did...

  • [ As Dangerfield ] Yeah, no, I tell you --

  • [ Normal voice ] And all that stuff he was doing.

  • And I was like, "Mr. Dangerfield, please,"

  • after he came off and he killed.

  • I said, "Please watch my show."

  • I wanted to go up after him, right,

  • 'cause I thought I was a hot shot.

  • I went up there and I crushed it.

  • And I came off and Dangerfield's like...

  • [ As Dangerfield ] Yeah, you know, you use a lot of

  • foul language and you say [bleep].

  • You use that language.

  • Where are you gonna go talking that kind of stuff?

  • [ Normal voice ] He gave me all this stuff.

  • Like, all the wind came out of my sails.

  • I was like, "Ugh, Dangerfield."

  • Then, you know, three years went by.

  • I get on "Saturday Night Live," and three years go by.

  • I'm at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and I'm at a urinal.

  • And Dangerfield walks in,

  • and he comes in the urinal right next to me.

  • And I look over and he looks over at me and says...

  • [ As Dangerfield ] "Hey, who knew?"

  • [ Laughter ]

  • [ Normal voice ] That's my Rodney Dangerfield story.

  • -At least he was funny. -He was totally real with it.

  • He was totally funny with it.

  • -[ As Dangerfield ] Hey, who knew, huh?

  • -[ As Dangerfield ] Hey, who knew?

  • -[ Normal voice ] My favorite Rodney joke, he goes,

  • "My wife's cooking is so bad. Are you kidding me?

  • I mean, since when does toast have bones?"

  • -[ as Dangerfield ] You know?

  • Since when does toast have bones, you know?

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Oh, my gosh. -I went to my dentist.

  • He told me my teeth are yellow.

  • He told me wear a brown necktie.

  • You know what I mean?

  • [ Normal voice ] So to have that guy tell you,

  • "I don't think you have a future, kid,"

  • I was like, "What the [bleep]?"

  • -Heartbreaking. -I was crestfallen.

  • But he kept it real.

  • -"Hey, who knew?" is unbelievable.

  • That's perfect. -"Hey, who knew?"

  • It was like the perfectly timed three-year gap.

  • Three-year buildup to that moment.

  • And right, you look over, he's right there.

  • "Hey, who knew?" Perfect.

  • -Good line.

  • Muhammad Ali.

  • -Oh, Muhammad Ali is my hero.

  • That's my hero.

  • -I remember you -- You did Ali, didn't you?

  • -Yeah, I've done impressions of him,

  • but there's not another person that inspired me

  • more in life than Muhammad Ali.

  • I think he's the greatest African-American

  • that ever lived, that ever walked the Earth.

  • Like, no one had the impact like Muhammad Ali.

  • -And you got to hang out with him?

  • -Oh, I didn't get to hang out with him.

  • I met him a couple of times. -Oh.

  • -I met him a few times.

  • And he gave me a really cool thing.

  • For my 40th birthday, he gave me a plaque with a glove on it.

  • It was like, "From your brother Muhammad Ali."

  • My most treasured thing is this cool little plaque from Ali.

  • -Gosh.

  • Do you remember that Ed Bradley interview he did

  • on "60 Minutes," him and Ed Bradley?

  • It was later, as he --

  • -Oh, after, yeah, when he pretended he was sleeping?

  • -[ Laughs ] Yeah.

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • And then he acted like he was having fits.

  • Yeah, it was very funny. -He's, like, punching.

  • -And that's one of the things that was beautiful about Ali,

  • that he always had --

  • he was always Ali, even when his health started to fail.

  • He was never -- That spirit was still there.

  • He was always Ali.

  • -That's so cool.

  • -I love Muhammad Ali so much.

  • -Well, Stevie Wonder.

  • You must have met Stevie Wonder. You sang with him.

  • -Yeah, I met Stevie.

  • Yeah, Stevie's an old friend, and I love Steve.

  • And he's a true genius.

  • Stevie's the genius -- You know how you hear people say

  • somebody's a genius or this person's a genius?

  • Stevie Wonder is a real genius.

  • If you're around him, it's like, okay, that's what a genius is.

  • It's like, okay, I never seen one before.

  • And when you see him, especially if you're around him

  • and he's doing something with music, then it's --

  • then you're really blown away by it.

  • But it don't even have to be that.

  • Just be around him and he's just a genius.

  • -Yeah, it's almost insane when you get to really see,

  • like, someone like that and you're just like --

  • You go, "Yeah," and notes just start playing like...

  • [ Vocalizing ]

  • -Yeah, I think of all the artists I've met ever in life,

  • the two that I've met felt, like, you know,

  • this otherworldly amount of talent and genius

  • was Stevie and Prince.

  • They were like, okay, this is a genius.

  • -Yeah, and Prince --

  • We talked a little bit about Prince last time you were here.

  • And he was on our show a bunch of times.

  • I always tell people if they ask me about him

  • that he was actually funny.

  • He loved to laugh.

  • -Yeah, yeah, sense of humor, yeah.

  • Oh, another genius is McCartney.

  • -Yeah. Of course.

  • -I've been around -- Yeah, those three.

  • You know, those three.

  • Prince, McCartney, and Stevie.

  • I was like, "I'm in the presence of a genius."

  • -Did the story that your brother Charlie --

  • which, again, I'm sorry to hear about his passing --

  • the story about Prince challenging you

  • to a game of pickup basketball that he told on "Chappelle,"

  • I'm sure that really happened, but --

  • -That is totally and absolutely accurate.

  • -But he gave you outfits?

  • -No, we had on stuff from the club, you know.

  • So we had on club clothes, and Prince had on that outfit

  • that was in the "Kiss" video

  • where he had the little, like, short shirt

  • and the leather jacket with the buttons and stuff.

  • He had that outfit on

  • and a little gold chain around his waist.

  • A waistlet, I think. He had on a waistlet.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • And he was like, "Yo, want to play some basketball?"

  • We was like, "What the [bleep]?

  • You want to play some basketball?"

  • It was like, "Alright, let's play."

  • My brother was -- It was Prince and some dude,

  • a dude named Micki Free that used to hang out.

  • They used to all kind of wear their kind of Prince clothes.

  • So my brother was like,

  • "Alright, it's gonna be shirts against blouses."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -And who won?

  • -And they teamed up and the blouses won.

  • They beat the [bleep] out of us.

  • But you know what I think?

  • We had one dude on our squad that could play named Larry,

  • and he didn't have no shoes, so Prince said --

  • gave him some sneakers, right?

  • And Prince wore, like, maybe two, three sizes

  • smaller than Larry, but Larry was so excited

  • to have Prince's sneakers on, he put them tiny sneakers

  • on his feet, so he couldn't do his game.

  • -Toes all crammed up.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Yeah, so he couldn't execute. So we lost.

  • The one dude that could play,

  • Prince's shoes had him shut down, so he couldn't execute.

  • -That's genius!

  • That's the genius move.

  • Eddie, I always love talking to you.

  • I'm so happy. Congrats on everything.

  • Congrats on "Coming 2 America."

  • I can't wait for the world to see it.

  • It's gonna stream on Amazon Prime Video

  • beginning next Friday.

  • Thanks again for coming by. Come whenever.

  • -Yeah, man, I'm gonna come by.

  • I can't wait to come by when it's all safe to come.

  • -Yep. Oh, you're always welcome. -Yeah, man.

  • -Thank you so much. Congrats.

-Eddie, part of being a legend means that you spend some time

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