Now Kathy tries to make Al (I've become more comfortable with him in the last paragraph, plus it's a lot faster to type "Al" than "Sharpton") play "Who would you rather". Hillary Clinton or Janet Reno? "None of the above." Beyonce or Solange? He'd like to watch Beyonce dance. Roscoe's or the Polo Loung? Roscoe's. Now Kathy starts telling Al about the Secret. Isn't he a Reverend? Is the Secret compatible with Christianity? Isn't it witchcraft? Anyway, Al recommends that she pretend that boos are the new applause. Al explains, "Every great comedian, from Pryor to Moms Mabley to Eddie Murphy all the way to Steve Harvey had to go through the Apollo crowd." A Moms Mabley reference! Al's all right with me. Kathy tries to make him sing "Ebony and Ivory" with her, but he doesn't seem into it.
Kathy is now going to be on Al's radio show, "Keeping it Real." She vows to keep it so real you won't even believe it. She's doing this interview on the sidewalk, and a passing pedestrian tells her she's great. She immediately plugs the Apollo show.
Kathy's in the studio with Al and claims that she's doing the Apollo to find out if comedy is colorblind. Her main goal is to make the audience laugh. She's done corporate audiences, gay audiences, female audiences, and prison audiences. Al asks a nice leading question about whether Kathy feels succeeding at the Apollo would be a personal achievement or a societal achievement, and she answers it correctly ("It would be the greatest achievement in history. Of all people.") Then Al's phone rings and Kathy kind of gets on his nerves insisting to know if it's an Obama calling him. During their commercial break, there is an awkward pause while they wait for a call to come in. Kathy asks Al to do an impression of Jesse Jackson, but he says he doesn't do impressions. Kathy does her Paula Abdul impression ("...and then she just falls down.") although Al doesn't watch American Idol. He does, however, know Paula personally. Kathy claims that she could see Al and Paula "getting it on Abdul style". That apparently involves Vicodin. Al describes the Apollo show as being a baptism of fire, and we're out! Kathy's supposed to get a blessing from Al's friend the Bishop, but no noticeable blessing takes place.
Midcommercial: we're still with Al. Kathy is now attending one of Al's speeches or something at Medgar Evers College. Kathy mingles with what I guess is the student body and begs everyone she sees to come see her at the Apollo.