Haven’t had a chance to properly honor Richard Pryor this week.
RICHARD PRYOR – MY TWO CENTS:
Richard Franklin Lenora Thomas Pryor died on December 10,2005 of a heart attack.
Pryor was one of those rare entertainers who could make you laugh just by saying hello. As a man who has suffered through racial inequalities, drug and alcohol addiction, and multiple sclerosis, Richard Pryor truly inspired by perservering through many obstacles and having the strength to turn his own pain into a gift of joy to many millions through the medium of comedy.
Richard understood his best attribute was to make his audience laugh about his truth. In that way he could be and remain forever natural and true to his wonderful gift of comedy that he unselfishly shared with the world.
He understood his best attribute was to make his audience laugh about his truth. In that way he could be and remain forever natural and true to his wonderful gift of comedy that he unselfishly shared with the world.
Pryor was a legend in his own life time. Without a doubt, he was the most talented stand up comedian ever. Simultaneously subversive and positive, hilarous and thought provoking, his timing was faultless, his material staggeringly original and his talent for non-verbal comedy unsurpassed.
A brilliant storyteller, a wonderful observer of social convention – especially on the subject of race – and a man who turned his entire life into comedy fodder. There is a rawness and a realness to Pryor’s comedy that is very unique, and he manages to transport those in his audience who have never experienced the things that he did into his life. Unfortunately, far too many people who followed in his footsteps managed to imitate the style without any of the substance that gave his art depth. Eddie Murphy begat Martin Lawrence begat a thousand clones on Def Comedy Jam, with only Chris Rock emerging from that scene with a real voice of his own.
But nothing can erase the achievements of Richard Pryor, who will always be one of the true giants of comedy.
When someone can make you laugh so much that your side’s hurt and the tears are rolling down your cheeks.
That’s a genius!!!!!
Thankfully we have television, cinema and radio for generations to come to succomb his legacy.
MY FAVORITE PRYOR FILM -STIR CRAZY
In my opinion, there has never been a greater comedy duo than Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder. They are two comic geniuses who mesh perfectly when they come together.
In STIR CRAZY, their best film in my opinion, the two play an actor and a playwright from New York who decide to head out west to look for work. However, along the way, their plans are put on hold as they get framed for bank robbery and find themselves in a Texas penitentiary. They then go through a series of adventures attempting to prove their innocence, escape from prison, and stay alive.
This movie should be in any collection!!!!