YMMV / Richard Pryor

  • Badass Decay: Later in his career, he took more broadly comic parts, moving away from the sharp satire of his early films. Some accused him of selling out and even giving in to Uncle Tomfoolery.
  • Confirmation Bias: 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's real popular?!"
  • Crazy Awesome: Much of his stand-up routine exemplifies this, but it also extended to Real Life. While working at a Mafia-owned strip club, he held up the owners with a cap gun when he thought they weren't paying one of the strippers enough money. The owners assumed he was joking and were so amused they didn't have him killed.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Considering that it was a cardiac arrest that finally did for him, his bit on his first cocaine-related heart attack has gained a certain piquancy. Still pretty damn funny though.
    • Also: Comedy Central aired a tribute show called ''I Ain't Dead Yet, $*@#!" He died soon after the special aired.
    • The bit about "Double Muslims" being the most frightening gang in prison has a bit of this now too "Them's the one's you don't fuck with, cos them motherfuckers can't wait to get to Al-lah".
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lost Highway. Literally a "blink and you'll miss it" appearance.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: To anyone who's grown up watching Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle or the legions of black comedians that graduated from Def Jam, Pryor's act might criticize the now-well-established White Dude, Black Dude humour, while missing the brutally self-deprecating aspect of his bits. The fact that he's not universally seen as Seinfeld Is Unfunny is particularly impressive considering the legions of comics he had inspired.
  • Tear Jerker: His famous "Wino & Junkie" bit veers dangerously close to this towards the end.