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Richard Pryor 1940-2005

I am Hercules.

The other Ain’t It Cool editors are sequestered within the Original Alamo Drafthouse for the next 18 hours or so, so it falls to me to pass on some not-so-cool news.

Richard Pryor, the stand-up who made likely the three funniest concert films ever committed to celluloid, passed away Saturday morning at age 65.

Aside from his concert films, his most enduring contribution to cinema may end up being 1974’s “Blazing Saddles,” which he co-wrote with Mel Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Norman Steinberg and Alan Uger.

Long a popular club and television comedian, he followed his breakthrough film performance in the 1976 Gene Wilder comedy “Silver Streak” with starring roles in “Blue Collar,” “Stir Crazy,” “The Toy” and “Superman III.”

His pre-“Silver Streak” resume listed the sci-fi drama “Wild in the Streets,” as well as “Lady Sings The Blues,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Car Wash” and “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings.”

Pryor's last big-screen appearance was in a truly great movie, David Lynch's 1997 brain-twister "Lost Highway."

Read more of this bona fide comedy genius here.







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  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:06 p.m. CST

    "you ready to work? well lets go to work!"

    by Chief Redcock

    he will be missed

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Truly a sad day in comedy history

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    first?

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:07 p.m. CST

    double tragedy

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    i'm not first

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:09 p.m. CST

    RIP Richard Pryor

    by xWeaselx

    Blazing Saddles will always be remembered as one of the classics

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Greatest Comedian Ever !!

    by Optimus Primal

    Thats sad. Damn Superman curse strikes again.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:14 p.m. CST

    HONKY!! HONKY HONKY!!! ....DEEEAAADDD HONKY!!!!

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Im sorry Richard....dont go....I'll forget all about See No Evil, Hear No Evil if you come back, man!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I think Damon Wayons probably said it best...

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    At a televised tribute to Pryor a couple of years ago: that if you're a comedian, and "you've never stolen material from Richard... you're probably not that funny."

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:14 p.m. CST

    funniest pryor moment ever-

    by whatyoufear

    - when he walks into clark kent's car door in superman 3!!

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:14 p.m. CST

    probably the best line in blazing saddles was cut

    by Holodigm

    "it's twoo, it's twooooo" "uh that's my arm" i learned that from the tribute to richard pryor a few years back on comedy central. his death is a shame.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:19 p.m. CST

    The Very Best

    by skoobyx

    This sucks. Go rent one of his flicks this weekend. You won't regret it.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:21 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mudbone

    by ripper t. jones

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Thanks For Setting This Up

    by buster00

    Goddammit, Rich, I hope you're in a better place. Rest in peace at last.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:29 p.m. CST

    HIcks, Pryor, Bruce

    by delatao

    Carlin's the only genius left.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:30 p.m. CST

    RIP Comedy

    by balajazz

    The best that will ever stand up in front of a mic, RIP RP. No one even comes close. This news has kicked me right in the nuts, I'm going off to watch Stir Crazy again.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:31 p.m. CST

    The greatest

    by HarrisonsDad

    www.leftofcentrist.com has a nice obit.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:31 p.m. CST

    And yet Tom Cruise still lives...

    by Tal111

    there ain't no justice.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Damn.

    by dr_dreadlocks

    That's all I can say. Damn.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Harlem Nights, dayumit!!!

    by Kwame

    HOW DARE YA, Herc??!?!? Ya didn't mention Harlem Nights!!! Now Richard's gonna sit back with Redd Foxx & Robin Harris, with a table of Heavenly Long Island Iced Teas, and wonder how in da WORLD they made it over... Much love & peace to ya, Richard. We'll miss ya! Kwame OUT

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:35 p.m. CST

    See no evil, Hear no evil...

    by Josh Town

    One of the greatest comedies ever! He'll be greatly missed.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:39 p.m. CST

    The man was hilarious, point blank

    by Terry_1978

    The less enlightened may go on about how they feel he was nothing but "hate whitey" jokes, but those that were familiar know better. Much better.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:40 p.m. CST

    In a way i'm happy. He's not suffering anymore

    by Orionsangels

    When I would see him in that wheelchair, shaking uncontrollably and that zombie like stare. I would always think inside that head Richard was screaming, Help Me! God bless Richard Pryor. You were the funniest person ever. Nobody was funnier than you and no one ever will be. Rest in Peace the greatest comedian that ever lived.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Sure he was a great comedian.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Calling him the best of all time is going a bit overboard though. Greatest Richard Pryor moment ever was his appearance at the Howard Stern Roast back on the channel 9 show...

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:46 p.m. CST

    "Wrecked 'im? Shit, it KILLED 'im!"

    by Darth Pestilence

    the first time i ever heard a "little johnny" joke was from Pryor. man, i have all of his cd's too. i even have his first stand-up videotape and he was so nervous about being taped that he actually bombed onstage! for some time now, cuba gooding jr. has been trying to star in a biopic of pryor. if it ever gets done, i hope he does the man justice. as pryor looks at the people in the front row, he says... "see, ya'll picked a good spot. because if the show don't be funny, i take out my dick and piss. i call this the 'garden row.'"

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc

    by Neosamurai85

    Things were going to really heat up in the other talkbacks if this wasn't done. I guess I've already said what I had to say over at the Prestige casting talkback... but... that kinda seems like a shitty place to say bye to RP at. So... Blazing Saddles will always be comic gold... like everything else you ever did. And yeah, more for Harlem Nights! Still think my favorite image of Richard is... well... the ice cream. Makes me smile every time. Peace.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:48 p.m. CST

    comes in threes

    by Darth Pestilence

    first superman, then mr. miyagi, now richard pryor. damn. well, at least somewhere up there we know that heaven is safe from villains, moses is washing pat morita's car and God is laughing his ass off.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:49 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr Pryor

    by dejectedgeek

    Sucks to hear about him dying...he totally revolutionized comedy as it is now. Hopefully he's in a better place, he damn sure deserves it.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST

    oh jeez...really?

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    too bad man, too bad.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Recall his role on an episode of The Wild Wild West?

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    He was part of Count manzeppi's criminal troupe. He used a yo yo gun as a weapon.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST

    If anyone should play Richard Pryor in a biopic . . .

    by HarrisonsDad

    it's the black guy from "Lost". Look closely.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 7:58 p.m. CST

    True genius

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...Superman 3??? Stir Crazy??? Really, check out the live videos that's where TRUE edgy, original, wired, truthful comedy genius resides. Hats off to Pryor. A comedy god. "They don't shoot cars they shoot nig-gars". This is awful news.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:01 p.m. CST

    r.i.p

    by donnidurden

    sad news r.i.p dude you were the only saving grace for superman 3 condolences go out to your family and friends, heven just got better

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Richard Pryor

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    You state that it's going overboard to say he was the best? Well, when I was growing up in the late 70's, there was no question who was king. So I have no shame in saying it proudly -- Richard Pryor WAS AND STILL IS the best stand-up comedian...ever! I am genuinely saddened by this news, as is most of the non-cynical world.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:09 p.m. CST

    RIP, Richard

    by Forestal

    This has been a really bad year.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Epic loss

    by teedadawg

    A man who was funny just being himself, flaws and all.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:14 p.m. CST

    That Nigger's Dead!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    and that fucking sucks. The above poster was right when he listed the "big three"...Brother Rich, Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce. Mother Fuck!!!! Sirius Raw Dog is playing nonstop Pryor right now, and I just got back from Circuit City where I picked up Live on the Sunset Strip and Here & Now (to replace my worn out VHS). Rich...say hello to your pet monkeys for us all! Goddamn shit motherfucker!! Thanks for everything...you are forgiven for "The Toy" & "Superman III"...even though I watched them 1,000,000 times on HBO. (Forgive me for the N-Bomb...)

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:16 p.m. CST

    If you've not seen his concert videos...

    by aikimoe

    ...run, don't walk, to your nearest video store. It does not get any better.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Pryor

    by blessedsloth

    I bet heaven just got a lot f*cking funnier. Rest in peace RP. You were the best.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Lost Highway is an EXCELLENT movie (NT)

    by DanielKurland

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:25 p.m. CST

    A True Legend

    by Jinxo

    I really do feel like we lost a comic legend today. I was thinking about it and in some ways I think he is even a bigger legend than the likes of Bob Hope. No disrespect to Bob Hope intended as he was great and he did amazing work entertaining the troups. But... Bob Hope, George Burns, Uncle Milty are all legends of a similar type. Pryor I think was singularly unique. There wasn't anyone of a similar "type". And I think for a lot of Pryor fans, the impact he had on them was deeper. Again, for Bob Hope's work with the military I'm sure he has many thankful fans. But with Pryor I think it was more than that. He was out there as an edgy black performer when there weren't that many black performers out there period, edgy or not. He literally inspired generations of young black kids to think, hey, maybe I can do that. I mean their is the obvious case of him inspiring young comics but I'd wager he inspired others to shoot for their dreams even if that dream wasn't to be a comic. And it didn't hurt that he was also funny as hell. Funny as hell while being brutally honest. Not a bad trick.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:26 p.m. CST

    "I aint dead yet motherfucker!!"

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    RIP Jo jo dancer

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:27 p.m. CST

    :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( : ( :( : ( :(

    by Hideo Kojima

    I hope this talkback fills with respect faster than pryor on fire...

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Fuck... is it true that Ediie Murphy topped himself on hearing t

    by workshed

    ...I mean he was always a second-rate Pryor but I think it spoke volumes the fact that Murphy stopped doing stand-up at around the same time as Pryor. A lack of routines to pilfer methinks. Bless you Richard Pryor... you taught me all the stuff my parents and teachers couldn't and had very little peace whilst you were on Earth - let's hope you find some in your next incarnation. I'm sad he's gone but not surprised.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:40 p.m. CST

    FFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRREEE!!!!!

    by Doc_Strange

    When I was young I didn't understand his brand of comedy as such he wasn't that big of a deal. Recently I watched one of his shows on Comedy Central's secret stash. I was literally crying from laughing so hard, his stuff is hilarious. I now realize that his work is a great influence on other comics today such as Steve Harvey and Dave Chappelle. You can really see how Richard's influence has held up when hearing some of these guys. I wish his family the best and I hope they know that he was a true innovator of modern comedy. Peace.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:42 p.m. CST

    He also did the impossible

    by Doc_Strange

    He made the use of the word 'nigga' funny. Who else can say they did that?

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Thank You To The Talkbackers

    by tristeele1

    Seriously, I grew up loving RP and it just is really nice to see a really respectful outpouring of sympathy for him. No haters, no first posters just some respect that the man deserved. Thank you all. And to you Richard- RIP to the funniest man Ive ever seen.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    by Lenny Nero

    Dagnabbit. Now I shall watch "The Toy" and be nostalgiac as opposed to thinking it was blantantly racist...and funny.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Goodbye to a Motherfucking Genius!

    by Pan Demonium

    ...and the greatest stand-up comic ever to wield a mic. Sad news indeed.

  • this really sucks ass. i was a modest fan of richard pryor and i really wasn't looking forward to this news. he will be deeply missed.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 8:54 p.m. CST

    R I C H A R D F U C K I N G P R Y O R R U L E D ! ! !

    by Randfilms

    w/o Richard Pryor, we'd have no David Chappelle. No Chris Rock. No Eddy Murphy. He broke ground that enabled others to traverse. RIP to a great comedian, a great man.

  • hope they get steve martin again.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III

    by Gorrister

    Richard Pryor has taught me many things via his film career: 1) It's ok to steal a Jag if it's to stop a murderous art-dealer on a train. 2) It's ok to buy your son a black man 3) Spending $30 million in 30 days is really tough to do 4) Never work as a stargazer for an Egyptian Pharoh 5) Purple chicken-loving muppets are suckers for balloons 6) Never build a supercomputer for a megalomaniac 7) Klansmen will always help a black man when his bus is stuck in the mud 8) Never watch a movie with the phrase "Jo Jo Dancer" in the title....and last, but most importantly....9) Freebasing crack leads to 3rd degree burns

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:09 p.m. CST

    "If anyone should play Pryor in a biopic...."

    by Gorrister

    Lets not get Hollywood even THINKING about doing this! I love Pryor, but the way Hollywood works, they'll give the role to Steve Martin!!!!! (Hey, they thought he could pass as a frenchman.....and he played "black" in The Jerk....so why not?) lol j/k

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Sad news indeed.

    by Psyclops

    He was one of the funniest people in showbiz, a truly gifted performer. He's going to be remembered forever.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:19 p.m. CST

    whatyoufear is correct...the car door gag.......

    by sledgehammer5050

    pryor running into Clark Kent's station wagon door when kent was getting out to help lana get the groceries was histerical! i can not tell you how many times i stopped and rewound that moment just to see the look on his face over and over. Obviously, superman 3 was a low for pryor, and he did so much better projects. but, that one moment will always stand out the most to me....only pryor could create such a pricelss moment in a catastrophy as superman 3.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Pryor was a legend.

    by Voice O. Reason

    Pryor was a comedy legend. I don't think anybody who was a kid in the 70s or early 80s went without seeing one of his movies, or hearing one of his stand-up routines.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Damn

    by mclea

    Although Richard Pryor's failing health stopped him from being front and center these past 10 years or so, I will always remember growing up and listening to his stand up and marvelling at his humour and wit. He was truly a pioneering genious and I am saddened greatly to hear of his passing. Whenever a great one leaves us I am always reminded that no person lives forever but great deeds and acts endure. RIP Mr. Pryor.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:40 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Pryor

    by briansanderson

    a comedian legend. will be missed for sure.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:54 p.m. CST

    "And it's deep too!"

    by covenant

    One of his best jokes, about the two n***ers with the big dicks. Also the black Superman gag...and craps...and Mudbone...and "my father"...and women...hell, everything he said was gold. RIP, Richard...you've earned it.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:54 p.m. CST

    7) Klansmen will always help a black man when his bus is stuck i

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    if its filled with blind minority kids

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Fuck.

    by CatVutt

    What else is there to say? One-of-a-kind. Hey, God...if a bunch of the Saints and Holy dudes put up a fight, sneak him in the stage door, all right? Give the man a stage and a cloud with some babes or somethin'. He made some of this world's misery a helluva lot funnier than it ever should've been .

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 10 p.m. CST

    RIP Richard

    by abesapien

    First Pat Morita- now this. It's just heart breaking to find icons from your childhood pass from this life. Rest in peace Richard and thank you for the laughs.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 10:20 p.m. CST

    covenant...I love that joke.

    by TheButcher

    Mudbone was a funny mother. Little Feets is my all time favorite story.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 10:20 p.m. CST

    workshed

    by aikimoe

    "A lack of routines to pilfer methinks." Huh? I'm familiar with both comics' routines, but don't recall Murphy stealing any from Pryor. Which ones did Murphy pilfer, exactly?

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 10:21 p.m. CST

    There aren't many people who you can say truly broke new gro

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    And who's routines still feel funny and fresh to this day, But Richard Pryor was definitely one of the few. A true original, and an always fucking laugh out loud funny guy. Most comedians, even the "good" ones, don't manage to be either of those with any sort of consistency, but Pryor was the whole package. To say he'll be missed is an understatement. I also wanted to take a moment to say that not only was he a great comedian, but he was also a damn fine actor when given a role and the chance to prove it, and I still rate his dramatic work in Blue Collar &, to a slightly lesser extent in Some Kind Of Hero (which isn't quite a great movie, but is a great performance) as some of the finest work of his career, it's just a damn shame that he didn't get offered more roles like those to show the range and ability that he so clearly had as an actor on top of his obvious comic talents. Rest in peace Richard Pryor, and thanks for all the laughs man.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Sure Cleavon Little was great

    by barryap

    But imagine Blazing Saddles with Pryor in it, like it was supposed to be?

  • I heard once that Eddie Murphy (who directed it), hates that movie. Fuck him. It was genius. Wasn't necessarily Pryor's greatest role, but amen for Della Reese and Redd Foxx. "Why you gotta put it back in the fridge with just a swallow left?" "Well, swallow it and shut the fuck up, bitch." As for Pryor, I have always loved him and Gene Wilder together. I must have scene Stir Crazy and Silver Streak hundreds of times when i was younger. Rest in peace, Richard. You deserve it. The word genius gets tossed around a lot, but this one guy who deserves the label.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Doc_Strange You are so right

    by Hervoyel

    Actually the word is "Nigger" and yes, Richard Pryor made it funny so he really did do the impossible. What's more he then put that word up when he decided that it wasn't funny anymore and just like that nobody laughed. He was to comedy what Johnny Cash was to Country Music. He was the comedien who everyone else in comedy would be compared to and who they would all pale in comparison. I mean really, the man can turn on and turn off a word like "Nigger". That is more than comedy, that's power.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:16 p.m. CST

    This should wake up Dave Chappele

    by Rcamacho2278

    And make him stop being a pussy and stop playing world of warcraft and show him he has a duty to uphold and finish making people laugh dammit.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:26 p.m. CST

    One of the most important and influential black people in histor

    by performingmonkey

    Some people might not agree with that, but that's OK 'cause they're going to Hell! Pryor was a true legend. No mistake. He will never be forgotten.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:33 p.m. CST

    This Sucks!!!!

    by DARTHTAINO

    What bugs me the most is that todays generation doesn't really even know how much he's done for Entertainment. He is the inovator of comedy and these 18 and 19 yr old asshole of today have no respect for those people have paved the way for what they have in this day and age.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Here's a practical piece of advice:

    by Heywood Jablowme

    Keep a Richard Pryor CD in your car at all times. Whenever you have a shit day at the job, pop it in on the way home. Hey, it won't help your job situation, but you'll laugh your ass off on the way home. I'll miss the hell ou of Richard Pryor. He was one funny motherfucker.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    wow. very few people get universal praise

    by HypeEndsHere

    and he, rightfully so, is one of them. god bless.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:54 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Virtual Satyr

    So long Richard and thanks for all the laughs.

  • Dec. 10, 2005, 11:54 p.m. CST

    None of you were there. This is the REAL Richard Pryor...

    by Darth Pestilence

    richard pryor had his problems. but he showed us his problems and he did what he had to do. he was an entertainer. when people tried to censor his entertainment, he left. he paved the way for all you howard stern fanatics. he put his head on the chopping block and made sure nobody else got chopped. all he wanted to do was tell his outrageous stories whether they be racist or sexist or what ever. who remembers his mudbone stories about the old black man who drove a tractor from alabama to missisippi or whatever? who among you remembers the story of mudbone refusing the story of "KING KONG"? WHO knows the story of HIGHWAY SIXTEEEN??? Nobody. If you knew Richard Pryor, you would know these things! The "Toy" SUCKED! So did Superman III!!! THAT IS NOT Richard Pryor&#39;s legacy!! He did some amazing things aside from Brewster&#39;s Millions and many of you don&#39;t know about them. How about the story of the craps game? "They got some white Johnies.." Or how about the Frankenstein story? Many of you don&#39;t know Richard Pryor! Get the CD&#39;s!!! You will laugh your asses off! DO IT NOW!!! Richard Pryor has amazed audiences with the following... "Bustin&#39; Loose" "Silver STreak" <---an amazing screenplay, by the way. "Which Way Is Up?" A hysterical film about Rich playing three characters WAAAAAY before Eddie Murhphy did it. Then came "Grease Lightning" and "Wholly Moses." He didi a few things in "The Wiz" and "Car Wash" when he was "flavor of the month." But he really went wild when paired with his long-time friend, Gene Wilder in "Stir Crazy" and "Another You." Let&#39;s face it, before Pryor got hit with MS, he was an amazing comedian that ran wild and knew no bounds. Right now, God is laughing his ass off.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, midnight CST

    p.s.

    by Darth Pestilence

    I dont mean to diss you guys who are young. i was jus trying to tell it like it was. how could i possibly diss the future people? party on, dudes! (keanu)

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Silver Streak

    by FalconJones

    i really love Silver Streak and have a special fondness for it. i never saw it in a theater, but it was the first title i ever watched on home video (back when the medium was new).

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:06 a.m. CST

    silver streak rocked

    by Darth Pestilence

    the scene where gene and the girl are about to get it on? GREAT WRITING! they are totally talking about sex, but you wouldn&#39;t know it....normally.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:07 a.m. CST

    How could you not mention &#39;See no evil, Hear no evil"? Pryor

    by BendersShinyAss

    Wilder should have been the black cop in blazzing saddles. In fact, that was the original idea but he was to drunk and high to do it. He was brought in as a writer, but apparently he didn&#39;t contribute much at all, just sitting there drinking and getting high.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:08 a.m. CST

    "Hope we don&#39;t run into any Muslims"

    by AhopefullFANBOY

    R.I.P Richard ***************************** Silverstreak among the top 7 comedies of all time. ****************************** "HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Chicago!!!!!"" **********************

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST

    "I don&#39;t mess with the big M."

    by Gorrister

    I bought Silver Streak on DVD this past summer. I love the movie, but had long hoped that when it finally DID make it to DVD, there would be a Wilder/Pryor commentary on it.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Best RP Concert DVD?

    by thethedew

    Is there a concensus pick of the best RP DVD to own? No fighting, now, just a question. Thanks.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Whoops, I meant Pryor, not wilder..... got my merds wixed

    by BendersShinyAss

    Chris Rock reminds me of Richard Pryor in his stand up.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:38 a.m. CST

    For Richard, A "Comediene&#39;s" Prayer

    by Solrider77

    As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so indifferent, that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily, all the unpleasantness in their lives. And in my final moment, may I hear You whisper: "When you made My people smile, you made Me smile."

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:41 a.m. CST

    P.S.

    by Solrider77

    To Richard, Your pain is over, your laughter remains. Thank you.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:10 a.m. CST

    to Bender&#39;s shiny ass

    by Vern

    I think you got the Blazing Saddles story mixed up. He did write the screenplay and he wrote it for himself, but the producers or studio or somebody didn&#39;t want him to star (too edgy, not famous enough, whatever). I mean you&#39;re not wrong that his drug problems hurt his career in alot of ways but if I remember my shit that was not one of the examples. (sorry if I&#39;m wrong on that.) At any rate Mel Brooks always talks about wishing Richard Pryor would&#39;ve starred.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:22 a.m. CST

    The Moment I Knew He Was A Genius

    by Rebeck

    It was the routine where he was talking about the death of his pet monkey and the dog next door comes over, puts his "arm" around him and says, "What&#39;s the matter, Richard?". Anyone know what I&#39;m talking about? He all of a sudden slipped into this surrealistic bit of the dog comforting him..."Aw man, that little guy, he&#39;s dead??" It was beautiful, and nobody was doing anything like that at the time. Then the dog leaves and turns back: "Now you know I&#39;m gonna&#39; be chasin&#39; your ass tomorrow". It was fucking genius. And it was the moment I realized this guy isn&#39;t the best BLACK comedian, he&#39;s just the best period. I think people really sell him short when they limit his influence to black comedians - his was the comedy of HUMAN BEINGS.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:27 a.m. CST

    sonoffabitch

    by luckylindy

    well this is something you dont wanna come home to after a party. RIP

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:53 a.m. CST

    A moment of silence for a true genius...

    by Capt. Spaulding

    My dominos just fell...

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Very Sad

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    I loved him as a standup comedian one of the few who were true fearless comics unafraid to scream the truth while swinging from the rafters. I also loved him in his film collaborations with Gene Wilder, Jackie Gleeson, John Candy and Christopher Reeve. Brewsters Millions and Superman III were two of my favourite films growing up and Richard Pryor was the reason. This is a sad day, may he rest in peace.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 2:37 a.m. CST

    This Sucks...

    by VomitousMass

    Loved his stand-ups, and all his movies (Silver Streak being a particular favorite...) ... there was one line from an old stand-up album of his that always slayed me (one of many)... something to the effect of "a woman won&#39;t tell you you ain&#39;t gonna f*** up front... a woman gonna wait till yo dick be hard &#39;nuff to cut DIAMONDS before she tell you you ain&#39;t gonna f***!!!" (can anybody give me the real quote and source please?)... of course, the comedic success of it was mostly in the charismatic delivery... there was only one Richard Pryor... a very funny man and important cultural figure is gone. RIP, Mr Pryor. You will be forever missed.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Wild In the Streets and the Wild, Wild West tv show

    by Uncapie

    Aside of being a comedian, he also was a serious actor in two minor, but unforgettable parts. He was "Stanley X" in "Streets" and Count Von Zeppe&#39;s ventriloqist henchman in WWW. He made us laugh and made us think. Thank you, Mr. Pryor.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Never did anything bad

    by litzapalooza

    Standups aside (which are the best obviously), I can&#39;t help but love everything I ever have seen him do... Stir Crazy, Blue Streak, Harlem Nights, The Muppet Movie, See No Evil Hear No Evil, even f&#39;ing Superman III was entertaining to me. Rest in peace, legend.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:57 a.m. CST

    The only man who could make a joke about peadophile rapists work

    by seppukudkurosawa

    As I said over in the Zone, he&#39;s the greatest comedian who ever lived (just ahead of Lenny Bruce), and also one of the deepest. I guess growing up in a brothel where your mum turns tricks, and setting yourself on fire in your later life gives a man character(surely there&#39;s an easier way to commit harakiri though...I&#39;m thinking of that scene in The Meaning of Life where a whole crowd of bare-tittied mamas chase the man off the cliff).

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Do people laugh when you say these things?

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Well then you tell ol&#39; Bill to have a Coke and a smile and shut the fuck up!

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:31 a.m. CST

    RIP, Richard Pryor

    by Smurfette

    Everyone since has been a faint shadow of you.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Oh man!!! Well at least you may get some rest RP. God knows yo

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    As with all geniuses, they are flawed and most fall. At least RP lasted out with a modicum of decency. You were truely great. My respects go to his family.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:41 a.m. CST

    r.i.p

    by zarandimoviefan

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:49 a.m. CST

    "you aint got no flash, motherfucker!!!!

    by pokadoo

    ...probably ain&#39;t got no film in the motherfucker either!" His stand up stuff still makes me piss myself laughing! Did anyone mention Neil Simon&#39;s California Suite? Pryor & Cosby steal the whole movie, closly followed by Matthau!! Sad to hear he&#39;s gone, but he lives on in his Films and Albums!

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:53 a.m. CST

    "How&#39;s it hangin&#39;?"

    by samsquanch

    A little to the left._____________A while ago a friend of mine wouldn&#39;t believe me that he was still alive. Such serious debates can only be solved one way- the internet. We found Pryor&#39;s homepage eblazoned in larger than life lettering" "I&#39;M NOT DEAD YET MOTHERFUCKER!"___ I won the argument. R.I.P.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:19 a.m. CST

    In his own words

    by Cineast

    "You have to have lived some life. You&#39;ve got to have paid some dues." RIP, Richard. You will be missed. You made us laugh.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:24 a.m. CST

    HAVE YOUR ASS HOME BY ELEVEN...!!!

    by Red Raider

    Hands down the funniest concert skit ever! RIP Richard Pryor...

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:27 a.m. CST

    The funniest man ever...end of story!!!

    by Gabba-UK

    At this moment Pryor and Hicks are doing a gig in heaven. How do I know? It&#39;s raining and that means that everyone up there is pissing themselves laughing, God included.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Hicks was a one-note hack

    by prbt

    He wasn&#39;t even one-TENTH as funny as Pryor. Hell, he wasn&#39;t even one-tenth as funny as most talkbackers.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:59 a.m. CST

    "I&#39;m gonna stomp a mudhole in your ass. You poop butt!"

    by jrbarker

    Richard was one of a kind. RIP

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 6:08 a.m. CST

    I remember reading an interview with RP in, I think, Playboy,

    by Drunken Rage

    and he denied accidentally setting himself on fire while freebasing. He said he tried to commit suicide by dousing himself with 151 and igniting it, said he couldn&#39;t stop drugging. Regardless, a brillian comic and a pretty good actor.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 6:13 a.m. CST

    RIP Richard!

    by Elwin

    And folks, you can say what you want about See No Evil, Hear No Evil. But it had one of the friggin funniest oneliners EVER the last third of the movie where this girl villain asks Wilder and Pryor for their last request before they are going to be wasted and Pryer replied "Well, I guess a fuck is out of the question" And that was just FUNNY!!! Pryor is a true legend!

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Another brilliant entertainer gone

    by moviemaniac-7

    RIP.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Brewster&#39;s Millions!

    by darth kubrick

    Sure it&#39;s a milktoast comedy that could have starred anyone, but damn it if I can&#39;t not watch it anytime its on TV. Great work by the late John Candy as well. Why do the deaths of funny people seem to suck worse than regular ones. R.I.P. motherfucker.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:14 a.m. CST

    A black man who fought back with a joke....a man who never sold

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    When Richard Pryor came into his own as a comedian, and started to gain notoriety for such, the civil rights movement was underway. While most black men were seeking equality by protest and legal change, Richard took the high road and the low road at the same time. Richard knew comedy. Richard was not a scholar. He was a tough kid. He grew up in a whorehouse. He was beaten and raped as a kid. He knew life without money. He knew life without respect. He knew life without anything that was the American dream. And like most other blacks, Richard fought it. But he did so by making fun of it. He stood in the face of all the ills of society and spit on it. Challenged people to think by making them laugh at the absurd. Before Richard, the word

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I mixed some 2% and Skim together...dipped my Oreo in it...and t

    by Lezbo Milk

    Great fucking line. Thanks to Richard for providing us with so much comedy, it&#39;s a real pleasure to be entertained by the man. He will be missed.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Cosby is Better.

    by Sakurai

    There i said it.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Hollywood producers never really knew what to do with Pryor&#39;

    by Moonwatcher

    how else do you explain that his best performances were during his concert films? Moves like Silver Streak were the exception; Pryor was best at just being himself, telling stories that everyone - black or white - could relate to. You want funny? Go find his CD Was It Something I Said, and listen to the routine about Miss Rudolph. Or catch his great cameo as SharpEye Washington in Uptown Saturday Night. Goodbye, Richard. I hope you finally found peace.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:41 a.m. CST

    if there is a heaven *which there&#39;s not*

    by oscarmike

    i&#39;d bet he&#39;ll be making jewish jokes to jesus right now

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Cosby was better

    by emeraldboy

    Untill somewhere into the 90&#39;s when personal tragedy overshadowed his life, first his son was murdered and more recently all these women came forward to say that Cosby may or may not have raped them. Then he started to give out about where the youth was at today. so he has stopped being funny. IMHO.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:54 a.m. CST

    GREASED LIGHTENING

    by RenoNevada2000

    I just want to give some love to Pryor&#39;s movie GREASED LIGHTENING, a biopic about the first black NASCAR driver. Shot after he did SILVER STREAK, but before STREAK hit the theaters, Pryor does a surprisingly good dramatic turn at a time when he was mostly associated with comedy. Damn fine movie, which I&#39;m surprised Warner&#39;s hasn&#39;t released on DVD yet, considering the resurgance of NASCAR&#39;s popularity.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 7:59 a.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by AGE IIX

    You will be missed!

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the chicken, Richard

    by Vynson

    Richard Pryor played race car driver Wendell Scott in GREASED LIGHTNING. Part of that movie was shot at the Byron Speedway near my old stomping grounds in Georgia. A lot of families in my suburban neighborhood were extras for the crowd scenes in the stands. Some of my friends and I are blurred images around Pam Grier. I remember being served the most horrible fried chicken for lunch (and I do like me some fried chicken) while rumor had it that Richard Pryor was, at that moment, enjoying lobster. I didn&#39;t appreciate it at the time (I was like 10), but looking back at all those white surburbanites being stuck with the worst, greasiest fried chicken in history while Richard was somewhere feasting on lobster is hysterical. And just as it should have been.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace richard pryor

    by Smash Mcduggan

    Richard Pryor is one of the greatest comedians of all time and his stand up always has me in stitches . You will always be remembered ! REST IN PEACE !

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Man... give a little respect to a guy saying his peace about one

    by Neosamurai85

    Well written 7th Chicken. Me and the opossums raise our mugs to your sober words. Peace.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Devilcat, What The Hell You Talkin Bout?

    by Rebeck

    Fey and Poehler weren&#39;t laughing at him, they were laughing at the clip of his famous sketch with Chevy Chase. Which is what he would want. Relax dude and take those pills you were prescribed.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 9:27 a.m. CST

    ZombiePatMorita

    by BendersShinyAss

    THANK YOU MISTER TALKBACKER FOR GIVING US YOUR OPPINION OF ANOTHER TALKBACKERS MOST WELCOME VIEWS AND CUTTING DOWN HIS TRIBUTE ..... And thus, Is this more to your liking? Kiss my shiny metal ass

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Richard Pryor talking to Eddie Murphy

    by BendersShinyAss

    (from memory) &#39;don&#39;t you hate when you shit and you don&#39;t finish, so you gotta wipe and all you keep doing is wiping a layer of the shit in your ass" Man I wish I had comic timing.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Richard Pryor at Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, California = Comed

    by Rhett Butler

    White people rushing back! Sit your ugly ass down! RIP Richard.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Just heard and am gutted

    by dogsbottom

    I sent Richard an email after I read Pryor Convictions, just to thank him for writing such an honest and unflinching book, the man emailed back!!, just said thanks for reading his book, and was glad I enjoyed it. A few weeks later, just after the London bombings, he sent an email seeing if I and all his friends in the UK were ok. He will be missed. A genuinely funny man, and a really nice fella, see ya Rich, and deepest sympathies to his family

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:17 a.m. CST

    He will be missed

    by The Cine-eater

    Rest in Peace, you were and will always be the best.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:27 a.m. CST

    In retrospect, Superman III was not that bad.....

    by axelfoley

    Now, I realize that much to the chagrin of many, the Superman franchise took a turn into comedy and had Pryor it&#39;s patriarch, but let&#39;s keep in mind that he was funny in that movie, in spite of arguably being severly toned down because he couldn&#39;t totally use his material, I thought he still maintained his familiar mannerisms and comedic poise. And again, I realize that alot of people wrote Superman III off, and it&#39;s in the comic book movie graveyard with Steel, Batman and Robin, etc. But damn it, I don&#39;t care. One of my favorite Pryor movies was Superman III and the even better The Toy that previous year. RIP, Richard.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:28 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by stvnhthr

    This year has been way too heavy on deaths. I hope he is in a better place.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:30 a.m. CST

    And another thing......

    by axelfoley

    For someone who has been to hell and back like Pryor, we will never forget his opening the doors for many black comedians, Eddie Murphy especially, who was practically one of his biggest fans. His final days were extremely bleak and dismal and to be honest, I&#39;m actually content knowing he has passed because he is out of that suffering. In recent memory in terms of Hollywood, I have never in my 25 years seen a public figure suffer so immensely. It was not pleasant, but we all knew sooner or later God would bring him home.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Sad, sad news...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...and as usual, ChickenGeorge, great eulogy. Fuck ZombiePatMorita up his talkback-stretching ass. One of the last great groundbreaking American comedians gone... And yet Horatio Sanz and Kathy Griffin still walk the Earth. And this is fair, how exactly? RIP Richard Pryor...

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:02 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by Darth Thoth

    The greatest ever. God bless his soul.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Recommendations for all talkbackers

    by covenant

    Any and all Pryor routines, though the "And It&#39;s Deep, Too" box set is a nice collection and a good place to start. Secondly, rent Blazing Saddles, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, Uptown Saturday Night, Harlem Nights, Bingo Long, and Car Wash. Find a copy of his SNL routine by hook or by crook (DEAD HONKEY!!!). Thirdly, take a moment to realize how trend-setting this man was, how he broke through barriers and transcended race, how he overcame his horrible childhood and personal demons to become the funniest man alive. No one--and I mean NO ONE--since has approached him. I don&#39;t think there&#39;s a comedian alive that&#39;s fit to tie his shoes. Oh, and I think he and Redd Foxx are trading p***y jokes as we speak.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST

    He was one of the best.

    by leesheri

    I love how he made fun of his condition. He made light of it. There aren&#39;t many that can do that. He won&#39;t be in pain any more though. Thank God for dvds and XM comedy. We can still enjoy his stand up. He lives on!

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by Moonwatcher

    wasn&#39;t there a brief flirtation with a children&#39;s show he did years ago?

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Pryor&#39;s Place

    by Vern

    one of them Sid and Marty Kroft joints

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Richard we loved you

    by Larry Jay

    And we&#39;ll miss you. In Live on Sunset Strip you said something that resounded with me as a black man that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, As you looked around Africa you said to yourself, "Do you see any Niggers?" and you said to yourself, "NO" and you thought to yourself that you had been wrong to use that word so much in your comedy. And while it didn&#39;t seem like much, I realized that in my everyday life. I see no niggers either. I just wish that this younger generation would see how much they denigrate themselves by refering to themselves in the negative. But it is indeed reflected in thier actions. One of the great stand up philosophers of the 20th century is gone. Heed his wisdom. Seek his words. They hold real truth.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    He was the 2nd greatest comic, after Bob Saget.

    by Borgnine JR

    Although he probably got laid more than Saget did.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 2:39 p.m. CST

    whoa

    by TheSumOfGod

    hmpf

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Aw crap... that headline really bitchslapped me in the face

    by xXMr_BoJaNgLeSXx

    That sucks...

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 2:55 p.m. CST

    rest in peace

    by sith-vol

    You&#39;ve earned it Mr. Pryor, you&#39;ve earned it.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Heaven just became a much funnier place.

    by Evil Chicken

    Richard Pryor

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST

    If I had ANY cool or hip in me at all during my high school year

    by Iblis_mage

    I owe it all to Rich, and most especially the albums "That Nigger&#39;s Crazy" and "Richard Pryor&#39;s Greatest Hits" that I listened to over and over. I&#39;m still a fan of the Bruce, Hicks, Cho, Kinison, et al (except for Leary - fuck Denis Leary)...but Richard was and still is the muthafuckin&#39; KING. Rock on in comedy heaven, man.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:46 p.m. CST

    NewYorkKid

    by covenant

    I didn&#39;t forget those, I just picked my favorites--though I should have put Bustin&#39; Loose on the list. Renting any of the films we both mentioned would be good, regardless of personal taste. Live on the Sunset Strip may be his best concert film, but they&#39;re all good.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:49 p.m. CST

    NewYorkKid (again)

    by covenant

    I know that Pryor didn&#39;t star in Blazing Saddles, but he was (as you said) one of the writers. Many of the funniest racial gags came from him. Peace!

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Major Suckage.

    by The_Countess

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4 p.m. CST

    Major Suckage, part 2.

    by The_Countess

    I&#39;d an aunt who worked as a writer in Hollywood when she was working on a project with the producer of "Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip." The producer was in a dispute with the MPAA Rating Board because they had given the film an X rating. He was in a pissy lather when asked. "How can you give this film an X rating? All its a guy wearing a tuxedo, standing on a stage with a microphone." "But its Richard Pryor," they responded. Classic. R.I.P.M.F.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I have no idea why I find it so funny, but...

    by HypeEndsHere

    My favorite moment of Richard&#39;s on film (not counting stand-up) is when he and Gene are in prison in Stir Crazy and Richard tries to light a tough guy&#39;s cigarette and Richard can&#39;t light the match on anything, so he tries to strike it on his own teeth causing both he and Gene to clearly corpse. then, Richard successfully strikes the match on the tough guy&#39;s bare chest and Richard says, "awww, shiiiiiit." i just find it fucking hilarious.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:16 p.m. CST

    also, Richard wrote little if any of the racial humor in Blazing

    by HypeEndsHere

    according to Brooks, he contributed primarily to (and was most proud of) Mungo&#39;s material. including, "Mongo only pawn... in game of life."

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mr. Pryor..

    by mrfan

    especially for the laughs. And special thanks for everyone here for making smile and remembering some funny stuff. RIP.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5 p.m. CST

    "But if I don&#39;t get my turkey, you will see him again!"

    by Movietool

    Sooooooo brilliant. Best storyteller ever. Rest in Peace.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Blue Collar, 1978

    by johnnyboomboombu

    I loved him in Blue Collar with Keitel and Kotto. He was great when he mixed comedy and drama. Just my opinion.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Many thanks

    by Groggy

    The only comedian to ever make me laugh so hard and for so long to cause me actual, physical pain. The world is a worse place without him.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:29 p.m. CST

    one funny ass mohterfucker

    by twitaman

    I grew up in the 70s -- once I once got hold of one of my sister&#39;s Richard Pryor albums, "Bicentennial Nigger." I put it on, and even though a lot of the jokes flew over my head, I knew I was listening to something special. Later we watched his TV show together - NBC cancelled it almost immediately...think of it as Chapelle Show, but a quarter of a century before Chapelle. America just wasn&#39;t ready for it.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 5:32 p.m. CST

    There needs to be a new word to describe

    by Juggernaut125

    Feeling happy AND sad at the same time. Sad that such a great man has left this mortal coil, but happy that his suffering is finally over. RP was the source of so many laughs from my adolescent years. And it is so true that it is still fresh even today. As for it being funnier in Heaven, I don&#39;t think so. My uncle past away on Friday, and he just wasn&#39;t funny at all, no matter how hard he tried to be. So, I think it&#39;s just balanced out.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 6:44 p.m. CST

    "Always keep some sunshine on your face."

    by Horseflesh

    Words to live by. Goddamnit I am gonna miss that man.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Feel like I need to check out some of this live stuff

    by The Cosh

    As far as I was concerned Richard Pryor was just a bad actor who got a great part in Blazing Saddles. As with anyone, I&#39;m not happy to see him dead, but I&#39;ll need to see some of the stuff you guys are talking about before I konw the truth.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Juggernaut, there IS such a word...

    by Wild At Heart

    and it is: bittersweet. I&#39;ve never been that familiar with Pryor&#39;s comedy other than his roles in movies. Still I respect how so many of you seem to feel about him. &#39;Bicentennial Nigger&#39;... reading that almost made me piss my pants. Really cuts to the heart of it all, doesn&#39;t it.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Saying Goodbye...

    by xoandre

    My father also died Saturday. He left this world at 9:15 pm CST. He was struggling with four types of cancer all centralized in his bladder. After months of chemo and radiation, not one cancer cell was even effected. He was on 200ccs of morphium every two hours. For more details, I posted to my blog about this... xoandre.blogspot.com

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 8:42 p.m. CST

    "Mongo Just Pawn In Game of Life . . . "

    by ol' painless

    One of Richard&#39;s best lines in BLAZING SADDLES. Mr Pryor: you sure weren&#39;t one of life&#39;s pawns: you were an original, defiant of prejudice, and one of the funniest guys ever. You had your problems, but you fought them, and yourlegacy is without question. Cheers.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 10:11 p.m. CST

    (salutes)

    by GingerTwit

    speechless

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 10:11 p.m. CST

    BendersShinyAss you&#39;re wrong...

    by Napolean Solo

    RP wasn&#39;t too drunk and high to play the part at all! The studios didn&#39;t want him but Mel Brookes did and to this day regrets that he couldn&#39;t get Pryor. It would&#39;ve been the first Wilder/Pryor team up. So the studios let Mel brookes higher Pryor as a writer on the project, and if you listen to the commentary on the dvd, you&#39;ll know that Pryor contributed a great deal. Mel Brookes wanted Pryor to write all of the black humor so that it was &#39;legit&#39; so to speak, while Mel done the white humor, but what happened is Pryor ended up doing most of the white humor while Mel did the black stuff. Oh and while you&#39;re in your &#39;Pryor didn&#39;t do much mode&#39;, just know that he wrote basically all of Mongo&#39;s part. RIP Ricjard Pryor, you will never be forgotton... coz you still here brother.

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Ricjard = Richard

    by Napolean Solo

    In case you didn&#39;t know... coz I didn&#39;t :-)

  • Dec. 11, 2005, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Bye Bye

    by JethroBodine

    Bye

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Farewell Richard

    by Bobbo1701

    He was truly one of my heros, for how he took the fact that he had this condition and still lived happily. When I was diagnosed with MS myself, he was a shining example of the fact that it was not the end of the world. And he continues to be. I&#39;m jsut happ[y that his suffering is over, and can only hope that if my coarse of MS proceeds the way his did, I have half the dignity and humor that he did.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Wow. Over twenty four hours since he died...

    by crazyeyezkillah

    and not a single talk back comment from any of the "writers" of this site. But hey, I&#39;ll bet King Kong was really good at BNAT. The world is definitely a less cool place. At least we have the material he left in his wake.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 3:19 a.m. CST

    crazyeyeskillah

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I know some people don&#39;t agree with me on this count, but I&#39;ve been reading this site for yonks (seven years to be exact) and after a while it hits you that George the VIIth Chicken is in fact Harry the 1st Knowles. Look up a few of his posts from down the years with this in mind and it&#39;ll click for you too. And Harry sure as hell knows how to write a eulogy too, so credit where it&#39;s due. If Chicken George posts to deny his Harryship, then maybe there&#39;ll be cause for doubt, but he won&#39;t.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 3:35 a.m. CST

    by your theory, seppukudkurosawa...

    by crazyeyezkillah

    Harry purposely writes his movie reviews like he&#39;s semi-illiterate, but writes clearly and well in the talkbacks. And ChickenGeorgeVII posted that either during BNAT or while Harry slept it off. So there goes that theory.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Not really....

    by seppukudkurosawa

    He posted it a while after it had finished. And as BNAT was taking place there was no Chicken George eulogy, and he&#39;s normally quite early to chime-in with one...

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 4:38 a.m. CST

    It would also mean...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that Harry banned himself when he was known as ChickenGeorgeVI. Besides, George doesn&#39;t post on every eulogy TB -- only the ones he cares about. And why would Harry&#39;s entire vocabulary and sentence structure suddenly improve drastically when writing as George?

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 4:38 a.m. CST

    the timing of the post is immaterial, really...

    by crazyeyezkillah

    the two writing styles are completely and distinctly different. Demonstrate some similarities, then.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 4:40 a.m. CST

    I think you guys&#39;ve been reading too many Superman comics!

    by pokadoo

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 4:47 a.m. CST

    How do you know he got banned?

    by BendersShinyAss

    there are other ways to loose your name, and the need to re-register. Like when you constantly sign on as another name and accidently forget what you wrote and then, all is lost. (Note: I only practice as BendersShinyMetalAss..... only there&#39;s not enough room for that name)

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 4:59 a.m. CST

    BendersShinyAss

    by DocPazuzu

    Somehow I get the feeling that Harry would find a way to retrieve his own password. It is his site, after all.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 5:10 a.m. CST

    R.E: It is his site after all...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    you been reading recently, it&#39;s as much Harry&#39;s site as it is mine. Quint is the new Harry.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 6:26 a.m. CST

    His definitive role was in THE TOY.

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    Because it defined his lame choice of films.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Actually his best role was on THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY!

    by Mike Nesmith

    He and Dany Bonaduce acted up a shit storm!

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 7:55 a.m. CST

    This is just sad

    by TheManWho

    I can&#39;t say his stuff was often to my taste, but only an idiot would deny how important his influence on two generations of comics since his glory days was.

  • That&#39;s right, that&#39;s right, you&#39;re bad, Richard. You&#39;re bad...Rest in peace.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Only for superman III ??

    by BendersShinyAss

    did you not see what those same producers did to Superman II. Now THAT would have been a good film. Pryor put such a spin on superman that I can understand how jarring it is for people, but look at it this way; Superman 1 AND 2 &#39;tried&#39; real hard to have a comedy aspect in Luthor and Otis. When you compare that to Superman 3, well....... Superman 3 was amazing. I mean, he skies off a fucking skyscrapper (Superman isn&#39;t around to save him - genius!) and he lands on the street and gets honked at by a car...... so he just starts walking accross the road - with his skies on. Who&#39;s not laughing with me right now? errrrh you don&#39;t remember it then. How bout when he does the superman theme as he&#39;s getting excited about something superman just did. He doesn&#39;t do the correct theme at all. It sounds like the first few notes of the imperial music in Star wars77. I grow weary of this talkback

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Weary of the talkback?

    by BendersShinyAss

    No, I mean talkbacking. Or back talking. Richard Pryor. Crazy fucker loved by all

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 9:29 a.m. CST

    If this was Joss Whedon&#39;s tribute, Herc would have written a

    by Purple Rain

    Seriously.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    He was great in The Wiz, too

    by www.valiens.com

    My mom brought me to see "Richard Prior Here and Now" when I was a kid. When he started playing with that hermit crab I nearly pissed myself. In fact I probably did piss myself--I was a kid for fuck sake! R.I.P., P.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Brillance...

    by Lost Skeleton

    simply brillant as a comic and a social commentator. He had the courage to talk about things most people wouldn&#39;t. I loved his comedy and the fact that he gave birth to so many great comedians (Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Martian Lawrence, Bernie Mack). He lived a full and tragic life with drugs and diease ultimatly taking his toll but the man was brillant in his time and the comedy is timeless. RIP

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Funniest. Comic. Ever.

    by Nizzuts

    While there are a lot of genius comics out there, Richard Pryor was the "Daddy Rich" of them all. He was the King. Often imitated, fucking never duplicated. Rest In Peace, Mutha Fucker!

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Mr. Pryor.

    by Blue_Demon

    Thank you for so many wonderful laughs. As a little kid in the 70s I had to sneak 8-tracs of his albums into the house and listen to them with headphones so my mother wouldn&#39;t hear. I had tears running down my face after hearing things like, "What&#39;s the mattah Rich?" I said, "My monkeys are dead!" "You mean the ones that used to be up in the trees?" I said, "Yeah." "Aw man...ain&#39;t that a bitch. I was gonna eat them too. Don&#39;t dwell on that shit too long. Shit&#39;ll fuck you up." I said, "Thanks." "Course you know I&#39;m gonna be chasing you again tomorrow?" I&#39;m laughing as I type this because I remember how he would change his voice from Richard to some dopey "dog voice." God bless you Richard, and thank you for making us all happier down here.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Sad, but to respond to people saying he was the best thing in Su

    by scrumdiddly

    It was a parody, but really shouldn&#39;t have been. I bought the quadrilogy recently and supes 3 is just a bunch of idiots doing slapstick with the occasional superman-saves-a-kid scene, annette o&#39;toole, who is smoking, and the freaky electric chick. Richard Prior just shouldn&#39;t have been in it. Anyway... it&#39;s sad.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 11:39 a.m. CST

    A true legend

    by Tommy West

    R.I.P Richard Pryor, he showed us how we be as much as we think we can.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Everyone puts down Superman III

    by Daredevil

    But you have to hand it to Pryor, not many people can upstage Superman in his own movie! And not just any Superman, THE Superman. As a kid I saw that movie in the theater and the parts that stood out the most were all with Pryor (except for the Clark/Superman fight, that was also very cool.) That movie should have rightly been titled "Richard Pryor and His Sidekick with the Cape". Oh,and I think "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" deserves to be up there with "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy" as a great Pryor/Wilder movie. Rest in Peace, Rich.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I remember a certain joke...

    by Kid Z

    ... told by guys at school soon after Pryor&#39;s accident. They&#39;d light a match, softly scream, "aaaaaaaah!!" as they bounced the match up and down across your field of vision and ask," What&#39;s this?" The answer of course was "Richard Pryor out jogging." Kinda crude, kinda tasteless. Then, a year or two later out comes "Richard Pryor: Live On the Sunset Strip" and how did he close the show? Guy pulls out a match, lights it, bounces it up and down in front of the audience, repeats that same joke we heard so many months back and says, "You f**kers thought I didn&#39;t hear this shit, huh?" The greatest part was, he had a smile on his face and you could tell he wasn&#39;t offended by the joke at his expense but that he actually thought it was funny and probably wished he had thought of it first. Dude was the best! I hope he&#39;s making them laugh their asses off up there!

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Legend and Pioneer

    by Turd Furgusen

    Pryor was a standard to which all comedy since has been compared. He did his own thing and owned what he did in every single way. I really regret that MS sidelined him for so long. I would have loved to have seen him in some other projects before he left us.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the memory, Blue_Demon.

    by Childe Roland

    I&#39;d forgotten about that extended monkey bit with the dopey dog voice (and Richard&#39;s hilarious "tired monkey" noises). I ran out to my local video store the night I heard Richard had died and couldn&#39;t fijnd a single copy of Live on the Sunset Strip (or any Pryor concert, for that matter), which actually did my heart proud. I just assumed someone else had beaten me to them and was enjoying a bittersweet laugh. Damn, but I&#39;m going to miss him.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Superman III blew...

    by Kid Z

    ... except for when Supes had to put out an oil tank fire by using his super-cold-breath to freeze a lake, then pick up the whole damn thing and drop it on the tank to douse the flames. Classic, silver age supes action bit, there. Pryor was in it for the check, but was the most likeable character in the whole mess and did provoke a good laugh or two, though.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 6:11 p.m. CST

    always thought he was overrated

    by Rupee88

    He was sort of like Chris Rock and everything was black vs. white....nigger this and whitie that...I thought Eddie Murphy was much better as was many other standups. But I guess lots of people dug him...sounds like he was in bad shape, so probably better that he is out of his misery now.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 6:37 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 7:03 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by gandalftheblack

    Richard Pryor was the man- plain & simple. He made us all forget about problems and examine ourselves. Some revolutionaries fought though force- he did it though comedy and inspirsed a whole generation of comedy (not just black comady, but ALL comedy) and will be greatly missed.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Rupee, your comment sounds like that of a person that knows "of"

    by HypeEndsHere

    saying that he was like Rock in that he was all "black vs. white" shows a profound unfamiliarity with the man&#39;s work. also, it&#39;s interesting to note that Eddie Murphy performed Pryor&#39;s albums on stage verbatim before he had the courage to try out his own material. which was funny, just not as socially relevant as Pryor.

  • Rest in peace buddy and thanks for all the wonderful humor. A true comic genius.

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 10:42 p.m. CST

    RIP Brother Rick

    by The_Fredo

    Have to add my three favorite Richard Pryor moments: 1) "The BED IS ON MY FOOT!" 2)"BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCKK!" 3) This one&#39;s from Eddie Murphy&#39;s Raw, where he talks about being chided by Bill Cosby for being dirty in his act. Feeling depressed, he calls Richard, who&#39;s reply is: "Man, the next time that motherfucker calls tell him he can suck MY dick!"

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I hope he&#39;s remembered for...

    by Kampbell-Kid

    ...his open mind and blod unmodest crass way of telling the truth in a comedic light. It&#39;s really sad to see a legend in the freedom of speech go but hopefully never forgotten. Rest in peace mother fucker! :)

  • Dec. 12, 2005, 10:59 p.m. CST

    bold* (typo above)

    by Kampbell-Kid

  • Dec. 13, 2005, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Note to god: Why the hell didn&#39;t you take eddie murphy inst

    by logofdoom

    Pryor&#39;s death proves one of two things. Either there is no god, or he&#39;s just messing with our heads for the fun of it.

  • Dec. 13, 2005, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Best Pryor line...

    by MaguaSynfield

    ...was from Blazing Saddles; "Man, dey said you was hung" " And they were right..." There&#39;s no replacement for a dude like Richard - none. Gonna miss you, man.

  • Dec. 13, 2005, 12:54 p.m. CST

    "I did the hundred yard dash in 4 three."

    by MGTHEDJ

    That&#39;s my personal favorite. Growing up in the 1970&#39;s he was the guy we all imitated on the playground: "We Bad, We Bad..", "FIIRREEE!!" Another great bit: where he talks about making the girlfriend (his future wife) orgasm and she screams and screams and then screams the theme to "Close Encounters..." RIP Richard.------m

  • Dec. 13, 2005, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Not to detract from the well-deserved praise...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but what the happy fuck did Richard Pryor have to do with Blazing Saddles? Near as I can tell, he wasn&#39;t in the movie and didn&#39;t help Mel Brooks write it. The guy&#39;s got so much good stuff with his name attached, why are folks trying to lump him into that (also quite good) movie as well?

  • Dec. 13, 2005, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Childe, he co-wrote it with Brooks and 3 others.

    by HypeEndsHere

    He was to play Cleavon Little&#39;s part but was too controversial/too unknown (pick one) to star.

  • He&#39;s listed as the writers along with Mel Brooks, Andrew Davis, Norman Steinberg and Alan Uger. Mel said he brought Pryor on to write some of Sherrif Bart&#39;s dialogue but he actually seemed to like to do material for Mongo! Stuff like Mongo saying "Mongo just pawn in game of life!" was Pryor&#39;s!

  • Dec. 14, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST

    He was also supposed to be in History of the World Pt.I

    by Tacom

    But he got injured in that freebasing accident before he could be in the film so he had to be replaced by Gregory Hines.