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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Richard Pryor RIP

This is such a terrible and sad day.

Richard Pryor was the funniest comedian of my lifetime. I can still remember in my younger days finding the Richard Pryor albums that my parent tried to hide from me, sneaking down to the basement, and laughing so hard at his VERY blue material that my parent would catch me (and lets just say I got into alot of trouble).

I can remember a time when Ali was fighting on television (I think he was fighting Spinks for the first time but it was so long ago I can't really recall) and Richard Pryor had a television special on NBC and we had to turn the channel between the fight (back when turning the channel FROM an Ali fight was unheard of) and Pryor's show (now rememebr, this was the 1970s and the only black perosn I can recall EVER having their own variety show was Flip Wilson which was on the same network. In fact, I can recall that people use to call NBC the Negro Broadcasting Company because it was the only network where you would see minorities on television).

My family were such big Richard Pryor fans that they took me and my brother to all of his movies (most of then were rated R) including Which Way Was Up, Grease Lightening, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, Bustin Loose (an excellent movie that never should of been rated R), Car Wash, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, and his later movies (after his accident) such as The Toy, Superman III (okay, that was a bad movie), Harlem Nights, and See No Evil Hear No Evil (another bad movie but it was nice to see him with Gene Wilder again).

I guess what I'm saying is that Pryor had a profound and meaningful impact on my life as well as countless other people who have walked in his footsteps. He will be deeply missed by all and never be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family during this time of mourning and reflection.

Thanks for the memories Mudbone.