Ryan Cormier of the Delaware News Journal scores a Bill Cosby interview which may debunk a legendary bit, from the times when historians will tell you that Eddie Murphy had comic chops, never woke up on the couch in a fat-suit-still-on sweat, and was allowed the leeway to harpoon Michael Jackson and raid his closet at the same time:
What about when you become part of their act? I guess the most famous one is Eddie Murphy’s “Raw.” Did he clear that with you first or did you hear about that when it first came out?
I heard about it when it first came out. But Eddie is a liar. And Malcolm-Jamal Warner was in the room in Lake Tahoe and heard me talk to Eddie on the telephone. And Malcolm knows that is not what I said to him.
Do you think that’s just Murphy stretching it out to make a good 20 minute part of his show about it?
No, this is a very nasty, nasty liar. Period. It wasn’t necessary. It was between us and what I was trying to explain to him. On top of that, there’s a reference to Richard Pryor and Richard called me later…Richard called and said, “Hey Bill, the thing that Eddie is saying I didn’t say that.” And I said, “I didn’t think you did.”
If you need a reminder as to significance of the words “Filth Flarn Filth” or “Tell Bill I said ‘Have a Coke and a Smile'” then you probably need to be told that this is some Not Safe For Work video material as well: