History Creator / RichardPryor

15th Sep '16 3:29:30 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorBreakdown: Not only Pryor's excessive drug abuse, but also his freebasing accident that daughter Rain believed was really a suicide attempt.
24th Aug '16 11:33:18 AM fauxtoast
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Although he took pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious and biting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his drug addictions, his childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience in a way that even his most devoted followers could rarely come close to. His most notable routine came after nearly accidentally burning himself to death while freebasing cocaine, documented on his album ''Live At The Sunset Strip'', and also in the film ''Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling'' , a semi-autobiographic drama Pryor wrote and directed. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off his "Good Samaritan" incident with a transvestite prostitute in his stand-up?)

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Although he took pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious and biting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his drug addictions, his childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience in a way that even his most devoted followers could rarely come close to. His most notable routine came after concerned nearly accidentally burning himself to death in 1980 while freebasing cocaine, documented on his 1982 album ''Live At The Sunset Strip'', and also in the 1984 film ''Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling'' , a semi-autobiographic drama Pryor wrote and directed. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off his "Good Samaritan" incident with a transvestite prostitute in his stand-up?)
24th Aug '16 11:32:20 AM fauxtoast
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He started out as a fairly non controversial figure, influenced more by Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until an "epiphany," during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 -- where he exclaimed "What the fuck am I doing here?" over the microphone, before walking off the stage -- that he would begin to develop his own , profane, raw, and increasingly confessional style of comedy.

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He started out as a fairly non controversial figure, influenced more by Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until an "epiphany," "epiphany" during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 -- where he exclaimed "What the fuck am I doing here?" over the microphone, before walking off the stage -- that he would begin to develop his own , profane, raw, and increasingly confessional style of comedy.
24th Aug '16 11:30:22 AM fauxtoast
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Starting out as a fairly non controversial figure, he was influenced more by Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material, to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until his "epiphany," during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 -- where he exclaimed: "What the fuck am I doing here?" over the microphone, before walking off the stage -- that he would begin to develop his own increasingly confessional, profane, and raw style of comedy.

Although he took pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious, and cutting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his cocaine addiction, his childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience, in a way that even his most devoted followers would never be able to. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off his "Good Samaritan" incident with a transvestite prostitute in his stand-up?)

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Starting He started out as a fairly non controversial figure, he was influenced more by Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material, material to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until his an "epiphany," during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 -- where he exclaimed: exclaimed "What the fuck am I doing here?" over the microphone, before walking off the stage -- that he would begin to develop his own , profane, raw, and increasingly confessional, profane, and raw confessional style of comedy.

Although he took pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious, hilarious and cutting biting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his cocaine addiction, drug addictions, his childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience, audience in a way that even his most devoted followers would never be able to.could rarely come close to. His most notable routine came after nearly accidentally burning himself to death while freebasing cocaine, documented on his album ''Live At The Sunset Strip'', and also in the film ''Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling'' , a semi-autobiographic drama Pryor wrote and directed. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off his "Good Samaritan" incident with a transvestite prostitute in his stand-up?)



He died in 2005 following a heart attack. In 2008, in a poll taken from nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians, he was voted the funniest stand-up comedian of all time, narrowly beating out his long-time friend, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, for the title.

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He died in 2005 following a heart attack. In 2008, in a poll taken from nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians, he was voted the funniest stand-up comedian of all time, narrowly beating out his long-time friend, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, for the title.
title. [[note]] Lenny Bruce, coincidentally, came in third. [[/note]]
24th Aug '16 11:12:06 AM fauxtoast
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Although he took pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious, and cutting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his cocaine addiction, his childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience, in a way that even his most devoted followers would never be able to. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off, that whole "Good Samaritan" incident in his stand-up?)

Despite his controversial status (one that meant he was replaced by Cleavon Little Jr., for the role of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'') Pryor found a degree of mainstream success, notably in his films with Creator/GeneWilder. He largely retired from the public eye, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986, but made occasional posts online, and even made an appearance in ''Film/LostHighway.'' In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

He died in 2005 following a heart attack. In 2008, in a poll taken from nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians, he was voted the funniest stand-up comedian of all time, narrowly beating out his long-time friend, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, for the title..

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Although he took pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious, and cutting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his cocaine addiction, his childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience, in a way that even his most devoted followers would never be able to. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off, that whole off his "Good Samaritan" incident with a transvestite prostitute in his stand-up?)

Despite the controversies over his controversial status (one that meant lifestyle and material (in 1974, he was replaced by Cleavon Little Jr., for the role of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'') ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', because Warner Bros deemed him uninsurable due to his drug habits; In 1977, a variety show created by Pryor on NBC only lasted 4 episodes [[note]] but was notable for a cast that included Creator/RobinWilliams, Paul Mooney, and Sandra Bernhard [[/note]]) Pryor eventually found a degree of mainstream success, most notably in his two films (''Silver Streak'' and ''Stir Crazy'') where he was paired with Creator/GeneWilder [[note]] two later films with Creator/GeneWilder. Wilder were less well-received. [[/note]], and in ''Superman III''. He largely retired from the public eye, eye after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986, but made occasional posts online, and even made an appearance in the David Lynch ''Film/LostHighway.'' In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

He died in 2005 following a heart attack. In 2008, in a poll taken from nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians, he was voted the funniest stand-up comedian of all time, narrowly beating out his long-time friend, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, for the title..
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14th Feb '16 4:02:55 AM eroock
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->Richard Pryor wants you to help underprivileged kids. Donate to the Ignited Negro College Fund.
->-Sardonic comment on the accident, where he set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine.

'''Richard Pryor''' (December 1, 1940 -- December 10, 2005) is often cited as one of the greatest Stand-Up Comedians. And just for once, they might actually be onto something there. His act influenced (and continues to influence) comedians varying from Creator/EddieMurphy, to Creator/BillHicks, to Creator/EddieIzzard.

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->Richard ->''"Richard Pryor wants you to help underprivileged kids. Donate to the Ignited Negro College Fund.
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Fund."''
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comment on the accident, where he set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine.

'''Richard Pryor'''
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Richard Pryor
(December 1, 1940 -- December 10, 2005) is often cited as one of the greatest Stand-Up Comedians. And just for once, they might actually be onto something there. His act influenced (and continues to influence) comedians varying from Creator/EddieMurphy, to Creator/BillHicks, to Creator/EddieIzzard.
9th Jan '16 2:27:19 PM aye_amber
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Starting out as a fairly non controversial figure, he was influenced more by Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material, to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until his "epiphany," during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 -- where he exclaimed: "What the fuck am I doing here?," over the microphone before walking off the stage -- that he would begin to develop his own increasingly confessional, profane, and raw style of comedy.

to:

Starting out as a fairly non controversial figure, he was influenced more by Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material, to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until his "epiphany," during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 -- where he exclaimed: "What the fuck am I doing here?," here?" over the microphone microphone, before walking off the stage -- that he would begin to develop his own increasingly confessional, profane, and raw style of comedy.
9th Jan '16 1:59:31 PM aye_amber
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->- Sardonic comment on the accident where he set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine.

'''Richard Pryor''' (December 1, 1940 -- December 10, 2005) is often cited as one of the greatest Stand-Up Comedians. And just for once, they might actually be on to something there. His act influenced (and continues to influence) comedians varying from Creator/EddieMurphy, to Creator/BillHicks to Creator/EddieIzzard.

Starting out as a fairly non-controversial figure, he was influenced more by Creator/BillCosby than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until his "epiphany" during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 - where he exclaimed, "What the fuck am I doing here?" over the microphone before walking off the stage - that he would begin to develop his own increasingly confessional, profane and raw style of comedy.

Although he took pot-shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious and cutting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his cocaine addiction, his childhood or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience in a way that even his most devoted followers would never be able to. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off that whole "Good Samaritan" incident in his stand-up?)

Despite his controversial status (one that meant he was replaced by Cleavon Little Jr. for the role of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'') Pryor found a degree of mainstream success, notably in his films with Creator/GeneWilder. He largely retired from the public eye after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986, but made occasional posts online and even made an appearance in ''LostHighway''. In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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->- Sardonic ->-Sardonic comment on the accident accident, where he set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine.

'''Richard Pryor''' (December 1, 1940 -- December 10, 2005) is often cited as one of the greatest Stand-Up Comedians. And just for once, they might actually be on to onto something there. His act influenced (and continues to influence) comedians varying from Creator/EddieMurphy, to Creator/BillHicks Creator/BillHicks, to Creator/EddieIzzard.

Starting out as a fairly non-controversial non controversial figure, he was influenced more by Creator/BillCosby Creator/BillCosby, than Creator/LennyBruce, and generally peddled his safe observational material material, to predominantly white audiences. It wasn't until his "epiphany" "epiphany," during a performance in Las Vegas in 1967 - -- where he exclaimed, exclaimed: "What the fuck am I doing here?" here?," over the microphone before walking off the stage - -- that he would begin to develop his own increasingly confessional, profane profane, and raw style of comedy.

Although he took pot-shots pot shots at a variety of targets, it's arguable that his most hilarious hilarious, and cutting material concerned his own life. Whether it was shooting up his own car with a magnum, his cocaine addiction, his childhood childhood, or his health problems, Pryor would bare his private life in front of his audience audience, in a way that even his most devoted followers would never be able to. (Seriously, can you even picture Eddie Murphy trying to laugh off off, that whole "Good Samaritan" incident in his stand-up?)

Despite his controversial status (one that meant he was replaced by Cleavon Little Jr. , for the role of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'') Pryor found a degree of mainstream success, notably in his films with Creator/GeneWilder. He largely retired from the public eye eye, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986, but made occasional posts online online, and even made an appearance in ''LostHighway''. ''Film/LostHighway.'' In 1998, he became the first recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
2nd Jan '16 5:04:50 PM spirasen
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'''Examples in Movies'''

* AngryBlackMan: In ''Hear No Evil, See No Evil''. Subverted in ''Film/StirCrazy''.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: In one of his concert films Pryor riffed on a convict he met who was serving triple life.
-->''How do you do triple life? That means if he die, and come back, he gotta go to the penitentiary! "Fuck kindergarten, kid, you comin' with us..."''

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'''Examples in Movies'''

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* AngryBlackMan: In ''Hear No Evil, See No Evil''. Evil.'' Subverted in ''Film/StirCrazy''.
''Film/StirCrazy.''
* LongerThanLifeSentence: In one of his concert films Pryor riffed on a convict he met who was serving triple life.
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-->''How do you do triple life? That means if he die, dies, and come comes back, he gotta go to the penitentiary! "Fuck kindergarten, kid, you comin' with us..."''"''
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16th Sep '15 4:35:29 PM AriRockefeller
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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The aftermath of him shooting (and "killing") a [[CoolCar brand new Mercedes]] with a [[{{BFG}} magnum revolver]]:
-->''"And then I went inside the house. [[RealityEnsues Because the cops came]]. And ''they'' got magnums, too. But they don't kill cars, they kill [[PainfulRhyme ni-gars]]."''
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