George Carlin vs Richard Pryor is the seventy-fifth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the fourth episode of Season 6. It features American stand-up comedians George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, and Robin Williams in a stand-up comic battle royale. It was released on July 13th, 2019.
Nice Peter as George Carlin
Zeale as Richard Pryor
Gary Anthony Williams as Bill Cosby
Jackie Tohn as Joan Rivers
EpicLLOYD as Robin Williams
[Note: George Carlin is in gray, Richard Pryor is in red, Bill Cosby is in dark brown, Joan Rivers is in light brown, and Robin Williams is in blue.]
Here we go, it's George Carlin. I'm a mad dog snarling.
I was born in the Bronx and brought up in Harlem.
I'm dope at spitting bars and getting crowds hardy harring,
While you're the least threatening black dude since Carlton!
Now, there's seven words you can't say on a TV set,
But this is the pissing fucking cunting Internet
And my cocksucking motherfucking bits are the tits!
Non-stopping brain droppings like my wit's got the shits!
So call this Pryor-rhea: I doo doo on you constantly!
No pauses in my punchlines, no commas in my comedy!
You'll be down for the count when this counter-culture counterman
Serves you with a stand-uppercut you can't counter, damn!
I'm Wilder than Gene when I'm killing a beat!
You're steady taking second place, now that's a Silver Streak!
Any rap battles with you, I'll be winning 'em!
Your style's like two drinks: it's the minimum!
(Ooh!) It's ya boy from Peoria, Illinois!
One hand on my mic, one hand on my groin
'Cause ain't no set tighter in this whole damn game
Even the shit that I spit off the top: flames! (Stand up!)
My delivery is rupturing the tummies!
You tell a joke and people go, "Hmm, that's funny."
My mama was a prostitute and grandma ran the brothel!
Seen some shit but not as awful as your haircut debacle!
I'm the original brother (Hey!) to give the scene some color! (Hey!)
The most iconic stand-up comic! Stand down, motherfucker!
(Hey!) You forgot the Cos and you know it's a mistake!
I eat emcees for breakfast like they're made of chocolate cake!
I'm the greatest...
What's wrong... what's wrong with my lip?
Did somebody put something in my pudding?
They put something in the pudding. It's in the pudding...
Oh, shut up, you stupid son of a bitch, you know you blew it!
I'd have attacked you two first, but your hearts beat me to it! (Oh!)
Cosby, you can't be here! (Ah!) You're making people nervous (Ah!)
So let me end you real quick like I was Hannibal Buress! (Ohh!)
It turns out you were just like your sweater: monstrous!
The men that I slept with only wished they were unconscious!
My sex jokes offend, you're on the sex offender registry!
Oh, who are you wearing now? Is that State Penitentiary?
Enough with the roofies, let me move on to Rufus.
My jokes always had bite, you started out toothless
And you just kept talking, you wouldn't shut up.
Honestly, I'm glad you died. Fourteen specials was enough!
And Richard, can we talk? Can I call you Dick?
Like your fifth wife did when you remarried your sixth?
At this point, I've got more plastic than flesh,
But my Tupperware body couldn't keep your raps fresh!
(I think my pudding-)
So don't throw down with Rivers! The flow is too relentless!
I haven't thrashed celebrities this bad since The Apprentice!
I'm closing this battle! No one else compares!
The only place I'm in the middle is on Hollywood Squares!
Good morning, movie bombs! Nice shoulder pads, chief!
I'm a genie in the bottle for some comic relief!
O Carlin, my Carlin, what can I say about you?
Except I don't think you've had a good shit since 1962!
Mork aged backwards and Joan, you must too!
80 years old but that nose looks brand new! Nanu!
Yo Pryor, I Doubtfire makes a good shampoo!
Left you running down the street like "Oh, no!"
Comedy ain't easy, I've played plenty of dumps,
And believe me, we've all hit plenty of bumps.
(Yeah!) But now I've got the Flubber flows that'll get the club jumping!
You got second-hand raps. "Found 'em Good Will Hunting!"
Got more hair on my arms than a Monchhichi!
And I'll finish this battle like it's Jumanji!
I love the prince, but you'll never have a friend like me!
Thanks folks, that's my time! Gotta set myself free!
Scrapped lyrics and lyric ideas
I’m the golden glove champion of this shit
It doesn’t get more iconic black comic than this
I’ll drop you like the N-bomb after I got back from Africa
Thoughtful’s what they say after you go up
You’re right, I guess words change, we used to just say “you suck”
You look like an extra from Grumpy Old Men
- Windowing shopping for street cred
You always make the lists of stand-ups near the top
But your movies ended up like your cheeks: flops!
I'm headlining this battle! No one else compares!
Except you haven’t had a good shit since 1962!
And yo Pryor, I Doubtfire makes a good shampoo!
Lit yourself up and ran down the street like "Oh, no!"
And the road ain't been easy, we've played plenty of dumps,
But I got the Flubber flows that'll get the club jumping!
You got second-hand raps. "Hey we found these Goodwill Hunting!"
That's my time now watch me set myself free!
But you couldn’t hold a candle to my success if you were granted three wishes!
But don’t hold candles Richard, we all know what happens then!
There’s a sweetness to comedy that all of you lack
And weird for me to end this battle with that
But I’m here to bring a little bit of joy back
Being good at comedy doesn’t mean you’re always on the attack
It doesn’t take a genius to know a guy as manic as me
- Thanks for opening for me
- This is the fifth-longest video to date, at 4:21, but it is the sixth-longest rap battle, with an overall rapping time of 3:18.
- This is the third "battle royale", after Rasputin vs Stalin and Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock.
- This is the first battle royale:
- not to be finished by a character portrayed by Nice Peter.
- where EpicLLOYD does not portray a title rapper.
- to use neither Peter nor Lloyd in more than one role.
- to not be either a season finale or mid-season finale.
- to primarily consist of four rappers, rather than five.
- to have only one rapper still living at the time of its release.
- to include all rappers in the thumbnail.
- to feature a female rapper.
- Counting Donald Trump vs Ebenezer Scrooge and Alexander the Great vs Ivan the Terrible, where a multitude of rappers serve as a gauntlet for their singular opponent, it is the fifth "cavalcade battle" as termed by Lloyd.
- The first beat from this battle appears at the end of "Nice Peter's Favorite Rap Battle. s." and during the behind the scenes for Ronald McDonald vs The Burger King.
- This is the third battle without the "Begin" slate during the intro, after Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates and Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD 2.
- However, unlike those battles, the announcer still shouts "Begin!"
- This is the first battle where an instance of the middle finger insult gesture (in this case, during Richard Pryor's title card) is blurred out. In previous battles that feature this gesture, it is completely unobscured. As well, it appears uncensored later on in the battle, with both George Carlin and Joan Rivers using it against Pryor.
- This is the second battle where something was visually censored, after Zeus vs Thor.
- At 1:31, the subtitles can be seen fading out, making this the second battle to have subtitles fading out, after Freddy Krueger vs Wolverine.
- Steve Irwin can be seen at the very end of the outro, along with a link to the ERB Patreon.
- This battle is referred to as "Richard Pryor vs George Carlin" in the description.
- On August 19th, 2019, the thumbnail was changed to include the rest of the rappers featured in the battle.
- This battle was written in conjunction with members of the ERB Patreon. Patrons in the "Writer" and "Director" tiers on Discord were able to submit lines for the rappers, which were then incorporated into the battle. As well, the addition of Robin Williams was a result of requests from patrons upon being told the matchup.
- A demo of Rivers' verse can be accessed on the ERB Patreon.
- The is the second battle to use a hyphen in the title instead of a period, after Freddy Krueger vs Wolverine. The title was later changed to have a period.
- This is the first battle to use the signature red color scheme in the intro since Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton.
- This is the first battle to feature a laugh track.
- This is the eighth battle to use more than one tagged instrumental.
- The lamp Williams appears out of, as well as his visual appearance during the first two lines are all references to one of his more famous roles as Genie from the animated film Aladdin.
- This reference also carries over to the way he exits the battle, where he flies out of frame, a nod to how the Genie flies off into the sky after being freed from his lamp at the end of the film.
- Williams' background features several references to films he has starred in:
- The red rectangle-shaped object with a white triangle on it is a reference to Williams' performance as Mork on the popular television show Mork & Mindy.
- The genie lamps are a reference to his role as Genie in Aladdin.
- The red clown nose is a reference to his eponymous role in Patch Adams.
- The hexagon with an American flag emblem on it is a reference to his role as radio comedian Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam.
- The sword is a reference to his role as Peter Pan from the movie Hook.
- The three dice are a reference to his role as Alan Parrish in the movie Jumanji.
- The hat is a reference to Williams' portrayal of the therapist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting.
- The green splatter represents the humanoid form the Flubber takes in the film of the same name, where Williams portrayed Professor Philip Brainard.
- The feather duster is a reference to his role as Daniel Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire.
- The anchor is a reference to his eponymous role in Popeye.
- During the line, "Non-stopping brain droppings like my wit's got the shits", George Carlin's shadow on the floor is misaligned.
- The lip-syncing is off when Carlin says "that's a silver streak."
- When Richard Pryor says "I'll be winning 'em" the apostrophe is misplaced, resulting in the subtitles saying "I'll be winning' em."
- When Joan Rivers says "Honestly, I'm glad you died" the word "I'm" is written as "I' m".
- When Bill Cosby says "I think my pudding-" in Rivers' verse, the subtitle is missing the "my".
- In the line "Found 'em good will hunting" the apostrophes are misplaced, resulting in the subtitles saying "Found'em good will hunting."
- When Robin Williams says "I love the prince, but you'll never have a friend like me!" the word "but" is not said.
- At 3:22, Carlin's arms are down by his side, but in the next shot he is seen with his hands on his waist.
George Carlin vs Richard Pryor. ERB Behind the Scenes