This Was Television On December 13

1975: Live from New York, it’s Richard Pryor

The legendary stand-up hosted the seventh episode of Saturday Night Live, bringing two of titans of 1970s counter-culture comedy. Pryor’s reputation inspired NBC to demand that the live broadcast include a five-second tape delay, to keep any salacious or profane material from making it on the air—one of the few times the network issued such an order during SNL‘s nearly four decade history. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Steve Buscemi, county treasurer (55); John Davidson, game show host (71); Jamie Foxx, hotelier (45); Kathy Garver, niece (67); NeNe Leakes, real housewife (45); Wendie Malick, model (62); Christopher Plummer, archbishop (83); Mike Tirico, sportscaster (46), Dick Van Dyke, comedy writer (87).

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