The Fossil Record Of Viral Videos

By Gabe Delahaye / August 13, 2008

In the online blogopolis, a video or piece of newsformation is old 30 seconds after it’s posted. KIDS ARE GROWING UP SO FAST THESE DAYS. So I don’t know what that makes this sketch of Richard Pryor as the bartender in the bar on Tatooine from Star Wars, which first aired on The Richard Pryor Show in 1977. It’s so old that it’s new again. The circle of life. Hakuna Matata.

(via Gorilla Mask)

It’s funny how Richard Pryor basically made a viral video. If he had waited 30 years and been some kid in his mom’s basement, he’d probably have been featured in that Weezer video for “Pork and Beans.” He’d probably be almost as famous as Tay Zonday.