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I totally respect both. I think the two best specials [are] Richard Pryor — the one where he's in the red shirt in concert — and then Bill Cosby: Himself. Those are the two. I think if you watch both of those, you see the entire gamut of what's possible as a comic. And I think they're equally brilliant and equally genius. I don't get involved in the whole clean versus dirty — that whole myth of this guy's working blue so he's realer than this clean guy, or this clean guy is working clean so his comedy is a purer form than the dirty guy. I really try to just sit down and listen to what the comic is saying and how original they are, how much I feel like I am getting to know them.
How often do you try to switch up material? You were in St. Louis in 2011; is there going to be any material from that act that people will see again?
No, God no. No, hell no. That's the kiss of death. You can't do that to people. If they saw you on TV and they're like, "Oh he's coming to our town, let's take a shot at going down there," and he's doing the same jokes, that's the kiss of death. I don't feel they'd ever come to see you again, nor is there a reason to. It's like: "All right, I saw you do it on TV, and then you did it live, and I've confirmed you're the person that said those things. I don't need to see it a third time." So no, I'm coming back with a brand-new hour.
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I do have one last question: Do you have anything to do with your Wikipedia page?
No. Why? What does it say now?
It's fine, just was a curiosity of mine whether or not the people who actually have a Wikipedia page about them take the time to update it themselves.
You know what? I did do it one time, and no one ever took the bait. I wrote in something about — you know you can put anything in there?
I uploaded that — what did I upload? Something about breaking something, some underwater-breathing record or speed record or something. I can't remember what scuba-diving thing. A lot of radio people will just look at your Wikipedia page, and they just go, "So, I heard you went to this college." Or they want to talk about something you did twenty years ago. And you can just hear them reading the page. I thought I'd eventually get to the scuba-diving thing, but nobody ever did.