RIP Richard Pryor

This is for all non-EC or peripheral-EC topics. We all know how much we love talking about 'The Man' but sometimes we have other interests.
User avatar
BlueChair
Posts: 5959
Joined: Mon Jun 02, 2003 5:41 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

RIP Richard Pryor

Postby BlueChair » Sat Dec 10, 2005 4:53 pm

CNN is reporting that Richard Pryor has died at the age of 65.

Definitely one of the most talented comedians of all time, up there with Lenny Bruce, et al
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

User avatar
Chrille
Posts: 525
Joined: Sat Jan 08, 2005 8:03 pm
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Postby Chrille » Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:31 pm

He was a very good actor too. For proof see Paul Schrader's Blue Collar.

User avatar
wehitandrun
Posts: 1752
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:14 pm
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Contact:

Postby wehitandrun » Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:37 pm

That is some sad news.
Maybe now people can admit Carlin was/is better.
Image

User avatar
BlueChair
Posts: 5959
Joined: Mon Jun 02, 2003 5:41 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

Postby BlueChair » Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:46 pm

Because he didn't die?
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

User avatar
bambooneedle
Posts: 4533
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2003 4:02 pm
Location: a few thousand miles south east of Zanzibar

Postby bambooneedle » Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:52 pm

He made me laugh
could be near his epitaph
he who with you
stir crazy in style
a bad mothafucka
and a half he was to view

laughingcrow
Posts: 2476
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:35 am

Postby laughingcrow » Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:02 pm

RIP....one of the all time great comics, and a pioneer for black comedians.

User avatar
El Vez
Posts: 2085
Joined: Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:44 pm
Location: Heart Attack & Vine

Postby El Vez » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:45 pm

For me he was the greatest. No one comes close. His best work had a rawness, a humanity and just the deepest sadness that usually can only be found in the greatest novels.

On a personal note, there was a time when I loved Richard Pryor more than I will ever love any artist. When I was seventeen, I wanted to *be* Richard Pryor. It went beyond performing his routines at theatre conferences (I would makeup plays and authors so I wouldn't get disqualified), watching his standup films all the time, listening to his albums all the time......I wanted the whole tortured artist package and didn't really get over that idolatry and sense of "If I keep hurting myself and everyone who ever loved me, I'll be Richard" until my early twenties. His death fucking hurts me.

Whar, I've generally been pretty nice to you but that can all stop right now if you'd like. Please don't pull your schtick on this thread because it makes me very, very angry and I don't want to see it here. If you don't delete your post or change it to something that doesn't piss me off, I will personally pester Doc and Spooky about banning you from this board permanently until they do so just to get me off their backs. Do you understand me?

User avatar
wehitandrun
Posts: 1752
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:14 pm
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Contact:

Postby wehitandrun » Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:07 pm

El Vez wrote:Whar, I've generally been pretty nice to you but that can all stop right now if you'd like. Please don't pull your schtick on this thread because it makes me very, very angry and I don't want to see it here. If you don't delete your post or change it to something that doesn't piss me off, I will personally pester Doc and Spooky about banning you from this board permanently until they do so just to get me off their backs. Do you understand me?


Atleast you warned me first.
You're not going to change my opinion with threats. I'm sorry if it hurts you.
Image

selfmademug

Postby selfmademug » Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:15 pm

wehitandrun wrote:I'm sorry if it hurts you.


Oh please. You're not sorry. At least not in that way. Have you run out of other places to wave your little dick around?

I'll never forget RP's bit about forgetting how to breathe when stoned....

User avatar
noiseradio
Posts: 2295
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:04 pm
Location: Dallas, TX
Contact:

Postby noiseradio » Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:53 pm

Richard Pryor was a funny motherfucker.

WHAR's just a motherfucker.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
--William Shakespeare

User avatar
bobster
Posts: 2160
Joined: Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:29 am
Location: North Hollywood, CA

Postby bobster » Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:13 am

No doubt about it, Richard Pryor was one of the most important artists of our time. Like lots of people, I learned a little something about life from him while laughing myself silly at a vulnerable age. He helped open a genaration's mind and I can't think of any higher compliment for an artist.

Art is not a competition where there is a declared winner, nor is any particular person's preference for one artist over another of any significance whatsoever. And the day someone dies has got to be least appropriate time for bringing that kind of thing up. When Doestoyevsky died, did all the Tolstoy fans show up at the funeral to say that "Anna Karenina" is a more emotionally satisfying work than "Crime and Punishment"? And if they had, should anyone have given a damn?

Cultivate some consideration for others, WHAR, please.
http://www.forwardtoyesterday.com -- Where "hopelessly dated" is a compliment!

User avatar
Boy With A Problem
Posts: 2714
Joined: Sat Jun 14, 2003 9:41 pm
Location: Inside the Pocket of a Clown

Postby Boy With A Problem » Sun Dec 11, 2005 6:03 am

He was a comic titan for sure - it looked like he was in a lot of pain these past few years, so at least that's over for him. Not only did he make you laugh, he made you think about shit.
Everyone just needs to fuckin’ relax. Smoke more weed, the world is ending.

User avatar
so lacklustre
Posts: 3177
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2003 2:36 pm
Location: half way to bliss

Postby so lacklustre » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:32 am

RIP RP
signed with love and vicious kisses

User avatar
pophead2k
Posts: 2403
Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:49 pm
Location: Bull City y'all

Postby pophead2k » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:53 pm

Underrated RP film: Some Kind of Hero. A sweet movie.

User avatar
SoLikeCandy
Posts: 499
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:06 am
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Contact:

Postby SoLikeCandy » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:07 am

I think a lot of kids had this experience: digging around in my dad's record collection, and finding Pryor's albums. Putting them on the turntable and playing them as quietly as possible, then getting caught and yelled at for listening to "such dirty mess". Being sent to my room...and being able to hear the rest of the album because Dad couldn't stop laughing and just had to hear the rest of it.

The man was a giant. Not only did he make the harsh reality of the American black experience easier to understand for everyone (hell, even black folks), he also made it easier for a lot of black entertainers to branch out. He was--and still is--the funniest motherfucker on the planet.
If there's one thing you can say about mankind--there's nothing kind about man

User avatar
spooky girlfriend
Site Admin
Posts: 3003
Joined: Mon Jun 02, 2003 5:19 pm
Location: Huntsville, Alabama

Postby spooky girlfriend » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:48 am

Who else could have actually caught on fire and made a major successful comedic routine about it? He was funny as hell, but he had been suffering for a while.

RIP

User avatar
BlueChair
Posts: 5959
Joined: Mon Jun 02, 2003 5:41 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

Postby BlueChair » Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:05 am

My exposure to Richard Pyror was completely mainstream - through his movies Brewster's Millions and See No Evil, Hear No Evil - but I couldn't get enough of those movies as a kid. It was weird to hear about Pryor's tortured life after that, but I will always remember laughing my ass off at those movies.
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

User avatar
noiseradio
Posts: 2295
Joined: Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:04 pm
Location: Dallas, TX
Contact:

Postby noiseradio » Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:33 am

Well, Blue, if you haven't ever seen it, you owe it to yourself to watch Live on Sunset Strip. As soon as you can.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

--William Shakespeare

User avatar
El Vez
Posts: 2085
Joined: Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:44 pm
Location: Heart Attack & Vine

Postby El Vez » Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:45 am

And Live In Concert which is pretty much his Sgt. Pepper moment.

Blue Collar (w/ Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto) remains my fave Pryor film. The motherfucker could really act when he wanted to.


Return to “The Annex”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 27 guests