Pryor was so.. I can't even think of a word. He went from stand-up to becomign quite possibly one the most brilliant social commentators on race relations in the 20th century. He si just as much an influence on spoken word as comedy and he really was a brilliant storyteller.
People tend to overstate the greatness or importance of individuals after they pass away when memorializing them. Rest assured, nothing that will be said in this thread could possibly approach hyperbole. There is no exaggerating the legend that was Richard Pryor.
"That's my problem - I'm too frank. That's why my mother shoved me down the stairs. But then she is fat."
Originally posted by Brian P. DermodyFew comedians are as funny as their fans say they are. If you've only ever heard people talk about him, Pryor was every bit as good as you've heard. Probably better.
A great loss for comedy and comedians everywhere.
I had to quote this in my LJ, because I couldn't have said it better myself.
I was first introduced to Pryor through my father, once he thought I was "old enough" to hear it. Just incredible. A sad, but merciful, end for him. Rest in peace...if God exists, tell him what's what.
Originally posted by Mayhem Without Richard Pryor, we wouldn't have had guys like Eddie Murphy & Dave Chappelle ...
No offense to those comedians, but in his prime, Pryor was so far ahead of them as to be laughable. And his short-lived tv show was absolutely brilliant. I was lucky enough to have witnessed his work as it happened and even while we were laughing our asses of, he scared those of us in white America with his eerie insight into race in the US.
Maybe I just get off on supposed leaders stumbling when they get a chance. Jeff Hardy goes off on a meth binge. Jim Halpert can't lead a hot dog stand. And last night, Ben Linus had to practically drag John Locke around into his leadership role.