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Old 12-10-05, 03:30 PM
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Richard Pryor, RIP.

CNN's breaking news banner says simply
"Comedian Richard Pryor has died. He was 65."


My condolences to his family. Truly a gifted man.
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Richard Pryor, RIP

Richard Pryor has died.

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Horrible news. One of my all time favorite comics.
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Weird...I popped in The Silver Streak this morning early while doing some things and was wondering about him...
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Wow.

He was one of the all-time greats. (He was in my top 3 comics of all time: Pryor, Cosby, and Carlin)

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R.I.P.

one of my all time favorites =(
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He had been ill for a long time, so this isn't really a shocker, but still a great tragedy. One of the few, true legends of comedy. RIP.
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He said that when he died, he wanted people to remember him and think: "Damn, that guy was funny." He succeeded. Despite some of the thrashing it receives, I grew up watching The Toy, and loved it. May he RIP.
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Originally Posted by Dr. DVD
He said that when he died, he wanted people to remember him and think: "Damn, that guy was funny." He succeeded. Despite some of the thrashing it receives, I grew up watching The Toy, and loved it. May he RIP.
I grew up watching The Toy as well... but uh, have you seen it as an adult?
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Definately one of the all time great comics. Not unexpected but still sad none the less. Stir Crazy will have to go into the DVD player tonight.
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So many black comics today cite Pryor as an influence, but they think that being funny is swearing all the time or insulting anyone that isn't black. They need to go back and watch Richard's material again. One of the best crafters of jokes ever. The afterlife just became a much funnier place to be.
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I just listened to the Blazing Saddles commentary and it was interesting ot hear how Pryor was involved in the film. I'll have to watch Silver Steak and Brewster's Millions tonight as a tribute (though the yahoo article dissed Millions I still love it).
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Richard. Thanks for the laughs.
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Too bad. He was living on borrowed time though.

I was just watching him in Lady Sings the Blues last night.
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Originally Posted by MovieExchange
So many black comics today cite Pryor as an influence, but they think that being funny is swearing all the time or insulting anyone that isn't black. They need to go back and watch Richard's material again. One of the best crafters of jokes ever. The afterlife just became a much funnier place to be.
I'm not sure if this is the appropriate venue to attack modern day black comedians, but I do think it is fair to say that many mediocre comedians of all races could learn valuable lessons from watching Pryor tearin' it up in his hey-day.
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I'm not sure if this is the appropriate venue to attack modern day black comedians, but I do think it is fair to say that many mediocre comedians of all races could learn valuable lessons from watching Pryor tearin' it up in his hey-day.

Sorry, it just annoys me that a lot of these comics talk about how much he meant to the black community, etc, and then think that the secret to being funny is to swear as much as possible or be racist.

I also just realized what a tragic bookend to the year in entertainment this is, seeing as we lost Johnny Carson on January 23rd. Sure, he's the polar opposite of Pryor in almost every way, but to lose two talents of that magnitude in a calendar year is rather sad for fans of comedy.
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RIP man
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one of the funniest motherfuckers ever.
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Wow, he was such an influence on sooooo many (black and white) comedians. I don't think anyone's material is ripped off more than his.


R.I.P. Richard
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Fuck, that sucks.

That guy was one of the best stand-up comic ever.
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I grew up with Silver Streak, the Toy, Brewster's Millions, Bustin' Loose, Stir Crazy, Wholly Moses! and the Wiz. Loved that shit man.
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Eerily, I was thinking about him the other day. I hadn't heard much about him the last few years. He was a gifted comic. I'll always remember his performance in See No Evil, Hear No Evil among many others. RIP.
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Originally Posted by lisadoris
I just listened to the Blazing Saddles commentary and it was interesting ot hear how Pryor was involved in the film. I'll have to watch Silver Steak and Brewster's Millions tonight as a tribute (though the yahoo article dissed Millions I still love it).
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Brewster's Millions. It's not fall down funny, but it's still fun.

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