September 25, 1997
By the time Chris returned to The Oprah Show in September 1997, he was no longer a cult comedian—he was on top of the world! He'd won a couple of Emmys, was regularly featured on magazine covers and called "the funniest man in America," and he was about to release the book Rock This!. Oprah told Chris his book was so hilarious she'd been calling Gayle at night to read her the funniest passages.
"One of the saddest sights in the whole world is a black woman with a credit card. Credit card coming all shaking. They start ringing it up and what does the black woman start doing? Crossing her fingers, 'Oh, Lord. Oh, Lord, please let it go through. Don't embarrass me in front of all these white people today. Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord,'" Chris joked. "They invented layaway for black people. A brother will layaway a house if they let him."
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