The content of this page was created by users. It has not been screened or verified by IMDb staff.
: NBC had the first two black characters on TV... sort of. For "Alfie & Abner," NBC hired one African-American and one Caucasian because they thought two black people on the same show would make the audience nervous; a rule NBC still uses today! Alfie
: [Scene changes to a black & white 1950s TV show, Alfie & Abner. Tracy Morgan enters dressed in fine clothes as Alfie
] Abner, I'm home from work! Where are you, my brother? Abner
: [Entering in ragged overalls with dirt on his face and an afro wig: a blackface character:
] Here I is, Alfie! Alfie
] Aw hell no, I'm not doing this! Kenneth Parcell
: [Scene changes back to Kenneth and the TGS crew
] NBC received a lot of complaints... that the show wasn't on often enough. So they forced Theodore Freeman to honor his contract. Abner
: [Walks in carrying a large catfish
] I's done stole'd dis catfish! Alfie
: Sir, I'm asking you as a human being to please stop talking like that! Abner
: I's gon' eat it until I'm belly-full! Alfie
: This is debasing to the both of us. I was a Tuskegee Airman! Abner
: Zip-a-dee-doo-doo! Alfie
: You may anger me, but I believe non-violence is the path to change. Abner
: I believe you can catch a rainbow in yo hat! Alfie
: I'll kill you, you ignorant cracker!
[Breaks a chair over Abner's head, knocking him out
] Kenneth Parcell
: [Cuts back to the TGS crew, Kenneth still telling the story:
] Believe it or not, they did not stop doing the show. which made for tense but thrilling live TV!
[Cuts back to "Alfie & Abner," where Alfie and Abner sit across from each other in awkward silence. Abner is obviously scared to death. Alfie is waiting for Abner to say something, giving him a death glare. Abner looks at Alfie, not sure what to say. Finally, after a long, awkward silence:
[Alfie tackles Abner, and the screen cuts to a "Technical Difficulties" message