Redd Foxx, one of the most popular stars on television, made quite an entrance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Pulling up in a dune buggy, Redd had everyone’s attention right from the start. The audience erupted in applause as Redd made his way to the stage.

Johnny Carson couldn’t help but express his confusion about Redd’s grand entrance. Redd explained that he drives his dune buggy every day, even coming to work in it. He even won first prize at the Las Vegas dune buggy Derby. Redd’s customized buggy caught everyone’s eye, with its unique design and special chemical coating that gave it a velvet-like appearance.

Redd’s sense of humor was also on display during the interview. He shared some insights into his role on Sanford and Son and his collaboration with head writer Aaron Rubin. Redd revealed that he often helps translate the script into what he called “spook,” equivalent to the slang used by black people. Redd’s contributions ensure that the dialogues accurately represent the black community and their terminology.

The conversation took an interesting turn as Redd and Johnny discussed the influence of black culture on mainstream vocabulary. Many expressions that are now commonly used, like “hip” and “fuzzy words,” originated in the black community before becoming part of everyday language.

As the interview progressed, Redd showcased his comedic talents by sharing a few jokes. His quick wit and delivery had the audience laughing throughout. Redd revealed that he and his friend Billy Allen have been collecting jokes over the years, and they plan to publish a joke book together.

Despite his success in television, Redd expressed his desire to return to performing in clubs. He believed he could make more money in that setting while entertaining audiences with his comedic skills.

Towards the end of the interview, Johnny asked Redd about his thoughts on what happens after death. Redd, known for his irreverent humor, humorously replied that he preferred to stay in the present and enjoy life rather than worry about what comes next.

Throughout the interview, Redd Foxx‘s larger-than-life personality and comedic genius were on full display. His appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a memorable one, leaving both the audience and Johnny Carson himself entertained and captivated.

Originally aired on September 26, 1972