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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 (1940-2005) 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 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 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.

He died in 2005 following a heart attack.

In 2008, a poll was taken among nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians to determine the funniest stand-up of al time. He narrowly beat his friend GeorgeCarlin for the title.

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!!Related Tropes:

'''Examples in Stand Up Comedy'''

* ClusterFBomb: "''Fuck censorship and his Mama.''
* CreatorBreakdown: Not only Pryor's excessive drug abuse, but also his freebasing accident that daughter Rain believed was really a suicide attempt.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Admits he could be this way when his drug use caused him to be paranoid
* DomesticAbuser: All but one of his 5 ex wives accused him of abuse and he admits to throttling his wife Jennifer in his autobiography
* TheFunInFuneral: Describing the [[http://youtu.be/a5Mw-FZTzeQ average black funeral]] and also his father at his mother's funeral: "The dirt, get to the dirt, it's cold!"
* GallowsHumor: Pretty much his whole act after a while.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up. He did routines about being beaten by his grandmother and his father's unpredictability; "Go stand in the street while I start the car!"
* ManOnFire: He lit himself on fire inadvertently when he was freebasing. He was reported to run a route described as "being a long distance ''in a car''".
-->"When you're on fire and running down the street, people will get out of your way. Except for one old drunk, going, ''(pantomiming holding a cigarette)'' 'Hey, buddy? Can I get a light?'"
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: He was aware of the jokes people were making about his ManOnFire incident -- even pointing one of them out the first time he talked about it.
-->"'Do you know what this is?' ''(lights a match)'' 'It's Richard Pryor, running down the street.'"
* NWordPrivileges: He originally used it, even releasing albums called "That Nigger's Crazy" and "Bicentennial Nigger". Averted following a visit to Africa, where he resolved to stop using the word in his routine. (His love of the word "motherfucker", however, remained undiminished.)
* OutWithABang: Apparently the way his father died. ([[IncrediblyLamePun "He came and went at the same time!"]])
* RapeAsBackstory: As a child by a man in his neighborhood
* RefugeInAudacity: He took a Smith & Wesson-made Magnum handgun and shot ''a brand new Mercedes-Benz'', destroying the engine. He discusses this in ''Richard Pryor Live in Concert''.
* SesameStreetCred: Doing the alphabet back in 1976 in this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh_EUrEAZg
* TalkingAnimal: Usually dogs.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: The original. Accept no subsitutes.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Subverted in the aforementioned "Wino & Junkie" bit.
-->"I'm gonna help you, boy. 'Cause I believe you got potential. You know what your problem is? You don't know how to deal with the white man! You got a white-man complex. I know how to deal with him. That's why I'm in the position I'm in today."
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: His mother was a prostitute, his father was her pimp, and he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Need I say more?

'''Examples in Movies'''

* AngryBlackMan: In ''See No Evil, Hear No Evil''. Subverted in ''StirCrazy''.

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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 (1940-2005) 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 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 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.

He died in 2005 following a heart attack.

In 2008, a poll was taken among nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians to determine the funniest stand-up of al time. He narrowly beat his friend GeorgeCarlin for the title.

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!!Related Tropes:

'''Examples in Stand Up Comedy'''

* ClusterFBomb: "''Fuck censorship and his Mama.''
* CreatorBreakdown: Not only Pryor's excessive drug abuse, but also his freebasing accident that daughter Rain believed was really a suicide attempt.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Admits he could be this way when his drug use caused him to be paranoid
* DomesticAbuser: All but one of his 5 ex wives accused him of abuse and he admits to throttling his wife Jennifer in his autobiography
* TheFunInFuneral: Describing the [[http://youtu.be/a5Mw-FZTzeQ average black funeral]] and also his father at his mother's funeral: "The dirt, get to the dirt, it's cold!"
* GallowsHumor: Pretty much his whole act after a while.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up. He did routines about being beaten by his grandmother and his father's unpredictability; "Go stand in the street while I start the car!"
* ManOnFire: He lit himself on fire inadvertently when he was freebasing. He was reported to run a route described as "being a long distance ''in a car''".
-->"When you're on fire and running down the street, people will get out of your way. Except for one old drunk, going, ''(pantomiming holding a cigarette)'' 'Hey, buddy? Can I get a light?'"
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: He was aware of the jokes people were making about his ManOnFire incident -- even pointing one of them out the first time he talked about it.
-->"'Do you know what this is?' ''(lights a match)'' 'It's Richard Pryor, running down the street.'"
* NWordPrivileges: He originally used it, even releasing albums called "That Nigger's Crazy" and "Bicentennial Nigger". Averted following a visit to Africa, where he resolved to stop using the word in his routine. (His love of the word "motherfucker", however, remained undiminished.)
* OutWithABang: Apparently the way his father died. ([[IncrediblyLamePun "He came and went at the same time!"]])
* RapeAsBackstory: As a child by a man in his neighborhood
* RefugeInAudacity: He took a Smith & Wesson-made Magnum handgun and shot ''a brand new Mercedes-Benz'', destroying the engine. He discusses this in ''Richard Pryor Live in Concert''.
* SesameStreetCred: Doing the alphabet back in 1976 in this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh_EUrEAZg
* TalkingAnimal: Usually dogs.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: The original. Accept no subsitutes.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Subverted in the aforementioned "Wino & Junkie" bit.
-->"I'm gonna help you, boy. 'Cause I believe you got potential. You know what your problem is? You don't know how to deal with the white man! You got a white-man complex. I know how to deal with him. That's why I'm in the position I'm in today."
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: His mother was a prostitute, his father was her pimp, and he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Need I say more?

'''Examples in Movies'''

* AngryBlackMan: In ''See No Evil, Hear No Evil''. Subverted in ''StirCrazy''.
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31st Jul '13 9:00:43 PM MickeyMoose
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In 2008, a poll was taken among nearly 5000 of his fellow stand-up comedians to determine the funniest stand-up of al time. He narrowly beat his friend GeorgeCarlin for the title.
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* ConfirmationBias: A very rare example of a comedian calling out 'Clapter' in ''Live On the Sunset Strip'' when his mention of Arizona State Penitentiary gets an applause; "What? You're applauding that? Arizona State Penitentiary real popular?!"
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* ConfirmationBias: A very rare example of a comedian spotting 'Clapter' in ''Live On the Sunset Strip'' when his mention of Arizona State Penitentiary gets an applause; "What? You're applauding that? Arizona State Penitentiary real popular?!"

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* ConfirmationBias: A very rare example of a comedian spotting calling out 'Clapter' in ''Live On the Sunset Strip'' when his mention of Arizona State Penitentiary gets an applause; "What? You're applauding that? Arizona State Penitentiary real popular?!"
7th Apr '13 4:51:50 AM AB
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* ClusterFBomb: "''Fuck censorship and his Mama.''"

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* ClusterFBomb: "''Fuck censorship and his Mama.''"''
* ConfirmationBias: A very rare example of a comedian spotting 'Clapter' in ''Live On the Sunset Strip'' when his mention of Arizona State Penitentiary gets an applause; "What? You're applauding that? Arizona State Penitentiary real popular?!"
18th Feb '13 10:44:43 AM AB
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* TheFunInFuneral: Describing the [[http://youtu.be/a5Mw-FZTzeQ average black funeral]] and also his father at his mother's funeral: "The dirt, get to the dirt, it's cold!"



* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up. He did routines about being beaten by his grandmother and his father's unpredictability; "Go stand in the street while I start the car!"



** His was a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up.

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** His was a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up.
5th Feb '13 7:50:00 PM StClair
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->Richard Pryor wants you to help underprivileged kids. Donate to the Ignited Negro College Fund.

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->Richard ->''Richard Pryor wants you to help underprivileged kids. Donate to the Ignited Negro College Fund.''
28th Jan '13 4:08:28 PM MattFisherNL
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Richard Pryor (1940-2005) 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 {{Eddie Murphy}}, to Creator/{{Bill Hicks}} to {{Eddie Izzard}}.

Starting out as a fairly non-controversial figure, he was influenced more by {{Bill Cosby}} than [[{{Creator/Lenny Bruce}} Lenny Bruce]], 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.

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Richard Pryor (1940-2005) 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 {{Eddie Murphy}}, Creator/EddieMurphy, to Creator/{{Bill Hicks}} Creator/BillHicks to {{Eddie Izzard}}.

EddieIzzard.

Starting out as a fairly non-controversial figure, he was influenced more by {{Bill Cosby}} Creator/BillCosby than [[{{Creator/Lenny Bruce}} Lenny Bruce]], 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.



* AngryBlackMan: In ''Hear No Evil, See No Evil''. Subverted in ''StirCrazy''.

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* AngryBlackMan: In ''Hear ''See No Evil, See Hear No Evil''. Subverted in ''StirCrazy''.
14th Jan '13 10:40:09 PM CaptHayfever
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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 (1940-2005) 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 {{Eddie Murphy}}, to Creator/{{Bill Hicks}} to {{Eddie Izzard}}.

Starting out as a fairly non-controversial figure, he was influenced more by {{Bill Cosby}} than [[{{Creator/Lenny Bruce}} Lenny Bruce]], 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 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.

He died in 2005 following a heart attack.

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!!Related Tropes:

'''Examples in Stand Up Comedy'''

* ClusterFBomb: "''Fuck censorship and his Mama.''"
* CreatorBreakdown: Not only Pryor's excessive drug abuse, but also his freebasing accident that daughter Rain believed was really a suicide attempt.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Admits he could be this way when his drug use caused him to be paranoid
* DomesticAbuser: All but one of his 5 ex wives accused him of abuse and he admits to throttling his wife Jennifer in his autobiography
* GallowsHumor: Pretty much his whole act after a while.
* ManOnFire: He lit himself on fire inadvertently when he was freebasing. He was reported to run a route described as "being a long distance ''in a car''".
-->"When you're on fire and running down the street, people will get out of your way. Except for one old drunk, going, ''(pantomiming holding a cigarette)'' 'Hey, buddy? Can I get a light?'"
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: He was aware of the jokes people were making about his ManOnFire incident -- even pointing one of them out the first time he talked about it.
-->"'Do you know what this is?' ''(lights a match)'' 'It's Richard Pryor, running down the street.'"
* NWordPrivileges: He originally used it, even releasing albums called "That Nigger's Crazy" and "Bicentennial Nigger". Averted following a visit to Africa, where he resolved to stop using the word in his routine. (His love of the word "motherfucker", however, remained undiminished.)
* OutWithABang: Apparently the way his father died. ([[IncrediblyLamePun "He came and went at the same time!"]])
* RapeAsBackstory: As a child by a man in his neighborhood
* RefugeInAudacity: He took a Smith & Wesson-made Magnum handgun and shot ''a brand new Mercedes-Benz'', destroying the engine. He discusses this in ''Richard Pryor Live in Concert''.
* SesameStreetCred: Doing the alphabet back in 1976 in this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh_EUrEAZg
* TalkingAnimal: Usually dogs.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: The original. Accept no subsitutes.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Subverted in the aforementioned "Wino & Junkie" bit.
-->"I'm gonna help you, boy. 'Cause I believe you got potential. You know what your problem is? You don't know how to deal with the white man! You got a white-man complex. I know how to deal with him. That's why I'm in the position I'm in today."
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: His mother was a prostitute, his father was her pimp, and he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Need I say more?
** His was a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up.

'''Examples in Movies'''

* AngryBlackMan: In ''Hear No Evil, See No Evil''. Subverted in ''StirCrazy''.
1st Jan '13 8:32:33 AM JIKTV
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RichardPryor_1491.jpg]]

->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 (1940-2005) 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 {{Eddie Murphy}}, to Creator/{{Bill Hicks}} to {{Eddie Izzard}}.

Starting out as a fairly non-controversial figure, he was influenced more by {{Bill Cosby}} than [[{{Creator/Lenny Bruce}} Lenny Bruce]], 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 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.

He died in 2005 following a heart attack.

----
!!Related Tropes:

'''Examples in Stand Up Comedy'''

* ClusterFBomb: "''Fuck censorship and his Mama.''"
* CreatorBreakdown: Not only Pryor's excessive drug abuse, but also his freebasing accident that daughter Rain believed was really a suicide attempt.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Admits he could be this way when his drug use caused him to be paranoid
* DomesticAbuser: All but one of his 5 ex wives accused him of abuse and he admits to throttling his wife Jennifer in his autobiography
* GallowsHumor: Pretty much his whole act after a while.
* ManOnFire: He lit himself on fire inadvertently when he was freebasing. He was reported to run a route described as "being a long distance ''in a car''".
-->"When you're on fire and running down the street, people will get out of your way. Except for one old drunk, going, ''(pantomiming holding a cigarette)'' 'Hey, buddy? Can I get a light?'"
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: He was aware of the jokes people were making about his ManOnFire incident -- even pointing one of them out the first time he talked about it.
-->"'Do you know what this is?' ''(lights a match)'' 'It's Richard Pryor, running down the street.'"
* NWordPrivileges: He originally used it, even releasing albums called "That Nigger's Crazy" and "Bicentennial Nigger". Averted following a visit to Africa, where he resolved to stop using the word in his routine. (His love of the word "motherfucker", however, remained undiminished.)
* OutWithABang: Apparently the way his father died. ([[IncrediblyLamePun "He came and went at the same time!"]])
* RapeAsBackstory: As a child by a man in his neighborhood
* RefugeInAudacity: He took a Smith & Wesson-made Magnum handgun and shot ''a brand new Mercedes-Benz'', destroying the engine. He discusses this in ''Richard Pryor Live in Concert''.
* SesameStreetCred: Doing the alphabet back in 1976 in this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh_EUrEAZg
* TalkingAnimal: Usually dogs.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: The original. Accept no subsitutes.
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Subverted in the aforementioned "Wino & Junkie" bit.
-->"I'm gonna help you, boy. 'Cause I believe you got potential. You know what your problem is? You don't know how to deal with the white man! You got a white-man complex. I know how to deal with him. That's why I'm in the position I'm in today."
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: His mother was a prostitute, his father was her pimp, and he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Need I say more?
** His was a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, although not so hilarious outside of his stand-up.

'''Examples in Movies'''

* AngryBlackMan: In ''Hear No Evil, See No Evil''. Subverted in ''StirCrazy''.
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