Nightly! Nightly! - Jack Daniel's Slavery Roots

July 5, 2016 - Michael Ian Black 07/05/2016 Views: 1,862

Entertainment journalist Grace Parra reacts to the revelation that the recipe for Jack Daniel's whiskey was invented by an African-American slave. (4:41)

All right, welcome back!

Now... you've probably heard ofJack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey,

but you've probablynever heard this.

Jack Daniel's founderactually learned a lot

about making whiskeyfrom a slave.

The traditional story states that a preacher

named Dan Call taught the young Daniel how to make whiskey.

It was actually Nearis Green, a slave belonging to Call,

who taught Daniel the proper technique.

Jack Daniel's was inventedby a slave named Nearis Green?


Why are we learningabout this now?


Well, accordingto The New York Times,

a Jack Daniel's historian says,"When you look..."


"Millennials who dig social...

-(laughter)-justice issues"?

Wait. So thisisn't being revealed to us

as a mea culpa, it's being usedas a marketing campaign

to sell to millennials.

MAN: A Jack Daniel's executive, Phillip Epps,

has said that he didn't think Green's omission

from the distillery's history was ever a conscious decision,

but with the onset of the anniversary milestone,

he admits, "We realized it was something

that we could be proud of."

What the (bleep), Jack Daniel's?


Something you could be proud of?

No, it's not!

Okay? For more on this story,

we're joined by our ownGrace Parra, everybody.

-(cheering, applause)-Oh...!


-Hello, Larry!-Hey, Grace.

You know, the only thing hotterthan the South in July

is social justice.

We're talkin' black stuff.

♪ Nightly! Nightly!

No. Black stuff is hot?

No, no, no, Grace.

I'm not gonnalet you talk about slavery

-with your red carpet lingo.-Oh, but, Larry,

2016's hottest trend isacknowledging the contributions

of those enslaved duringAmerica's darkest epic, slavery.


Watch out, Kunta Kinte, 'causethere's a new slave in town,

and his name is Nearis Green!

♪ Nightly! Nightly!

♪ Go, Nearis, go, Nearis

-♪ Go, Nearis, go, Nearis... -Grace, Grace, stop it.

Stop-stop raising the rooffor slaves, okay?

Please don'tturn this into a competition

-for Hollywood's hottest slave.-Ooh.

I mean, isn't it cynical?Don't you think it's cynical

that Jack Daniel'sis giving credit to a slave

just so that millennialswill buy their liquor?

Oh, Laraldo, of course it is.

-(laughter)-WILMORE: Mm.

You know, JD's thirstfor that millennial money

is more exposedthan Carrie Underwood's side leg

at the CMAs.

That Nashville star,

she proved that she's the real Tennessee honey.

-♪ Nightly! Nightly! -♪ A-do, a-do, a-do-si-do

♪ A-do, a-do, a-do-si-do.

Grace, focus. Please.

Grace, aren't people who careabout social justice issues

going to see through this...Black Slaves Matter pandering

-or whatever? -Au contraire, mon chocolat frère.

(laughter, applause)


Harriet Tubman ison the new 20,

WGN's slave saga Underground is a runaway hit,

and Nate Parker's star turnin Birth of a Nation

is enough to make anyonetake off their Klan hood.

Get outta here, Klan hood!

-♪ Nightly! Nightly! -Get outta here!

(high-pitched):Ooh... ooh...

What... Are you mak... are youmaking out with yourself, Grace?

-Sure am. Ooh...-Grace, stop it, stop it.

I just... Grace, I just want youto make sense of this.

Can you do that for us, please?

Oh, I can do it in two words,Walter Cronkite.


Slavery chic.


Slavery chic?

Grace, have you been drinking?



Look, Larry, we're all slavesfor slaves right now.

You may be upset that thisis a marketing tool,

but America gets to learn

about some of its finestforgotten figures in history.

And if you get the truthout there, who cares if people

are getting that sweetJack buzz while it's going?

It's still out there.

Well... well, I-I guessyou kind of have a point there.

Oh, yeah, Larry.

You know,right now Jack Daniel's

is the Jesse Williamsof liquors.

(laughter, groaning)

-Really?-Oh, yeah.

It's smooth, it's woke,

and I want to take itinto the bathtub

and pour it all overmy Grace anatomy.

(whooping, applause)


call me.

♪ Nightly! Nightly!

All right, Grace, you'veofficially been cut off.

-All right.-Slave responsibly.

-Ooh, ooh, ooh...-No, don't slave responsibly.

Grace Parra, everyone.We'll be right back.

Stop it! Why are youmaking out with yourself?