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R.I.P. Richard Pryor by canaveralgumby on 11 December 2005 12:52am
 
...passed away today from a heart attack. After what he'd been through, I thought he'd outlive everybody.
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by tucsonmike on 11 December 2005 1:45am
 
Sorry to hear it, enjoyed his humor but wondered when it was coming after what he had been through.

 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by Ken Dunn on 11 December 2005 1:54am
 
Was he the black actor that played alongside Gene Wilder (of Willie Wonka fame) in Stir Crazy?
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by George on 11 December 2005 2:17am
 
Yes, he was. I read today that they were in four films together, but never good friends. Too different, I suppose.
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by sighthound on 11 December 2005 2:23am
 
He did some very fine turns as an actor but his great strength was as a stand-up. Took up the torch from Lenny Bruce and took it further (and, IMO, was much, much funnier than Bruce.) I will miss him. sigh.
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by perfectbitch on 11 December 2005 11:31am
 
I particularly remember his stand-up routine where he compared the way black and white men walked in the jungle. It was hilarious. Linz
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by sighthound on 11 December 2005 1:40pm
 
Saturday Night Live did a tribute to him, replaying a sketch he did 30 years ago with Chevy Chase where they were doing a word association game which degenerates into a duel of racial epithets. Absolutely hysterical (but it was a sketch you couldn't possibly get away with now on network television in these oh-so-politically correct times.)

I also remember the amazing routines he did after his horrible free-basing accident. Again absolutely hysterical in describing how burning alive sobers you up immediately - the amazing guts that man had to turn such a personal tragedy and public humiliation into extremely comic and instructive material! (The free-basing craze definitely seemed to disappear after his revelations.)

I shall miss him. He freed up my mind in so many ways.
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by perfectbitch on 11 December 2005 1:45pm
 
He was able to make racial gags that white comedians wouldn't get away with. This was so refreshing. I believe comedy is a very important and effective means of communication. I shall miss his insight. I still miss Bill Hicks too. Linz
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by sighthound on 11 December 2005 2:22pm
 
Yes, he said things that no one else would or could say at the time. Of course, he was almost the only African-American comedian around on television then - except for Bill Cosby who always took care to hide any anger he had. The wonderful thing was that Pryor could express that anger but he didn't do it in hate - and that got his points across extremely effectively and opened things up to where racial matters could be enthusiastically and honestly discussed which really hadn't been done before - and that could and did lead to change. It changed me. Like I mentioned before, I first encountered him while I was still in my lily-white convent school (and the nuns would have expelled me if they had known what I was listening to.) The language shocked me then but the humour was so compelling that it got me to really listen to things that had never been mentioned in my cocoon of a world. (Of course, another side of it is that it freed up my use of language to the point where I still have to self-censor myself in certain social situations. (LOL) Thank you for that, Richard!)
 
Re: R.I.P. Richard Pryor by sighthound on 11 December 2005 3:02pm
 
Linz,
I sorta dropped out of popular culture for awhile in the early 90's so I missed Bill Hicks. What should one start with to get the best of Hicks?
 
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