Monday, December 12, 2005

That's right, we bad!


He may have been the best standup of all time. The guy burned off his own face while freebasing, and lived not just to tell about it, but to tell jokes about it. From him, I learned the words "motherfucker" and "honky," for which I'll always be grateful. It's impossible to be sad when remembering Richard Pryor. He'd been in pain and barely able to function for years, and while I'm sorry he's gone, I'm happy that he's free.

He was also committed to animal rights and environmental causes. Click here to make a donation to Pryor's Planet, the foundation Richard created to support animal shelters and rescues worldwide.


Blogger curly mcdimple said...

I had no idea he was into animal rights and the environment. There really was a soft side to the man which I find remarkable. Do you remember his Saturday morning show called Pryor's Place? It was a surprisingly sweet "message" show... kinda like Fat Albert only without the animation and morbid obesity.

I'm long overdue for a viewing of The Toy. Netflix here I come...

11:47 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I loved Richard Pryor - and still think that "Brewster's Millions" is one of the funniest movies ever. I think I'll go out and buy it, actually.

11:46 AM  
Blogger missbhavens said...

He'll be dearly missed. When I think of Richard Pryor I think of the old SSNL he hosted. I was awfully young, but I remember thinking that his job interview with Chevy Chase was the funniest thing I'd ever to the Exorcist spoof they did... "...The BED is ON my FOOT!"


5:34 PM  
Blogger Helen the Felon said...

Oh, Miss hit the nail, right there. Talk about pushing the bounds...I thought about posting the transcript of the RP/Chevy Chase skit on here, but I figgered I'd get in trouble with the NAACP or something. Needless to say, that very skit was where I learned the word "honky." And of course, "HONKY honky," and the all-important "DEAD HONKY."

I've seen The Toy like 50 times, and Brewster's Millions is great too. Stir Crazy, though, is the best ever. Sigh.

6:51 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

that is really cool about the animal stuff. i just didn't KNOW about that. i have always thought of him as a hilarious comedian who was always in movies where hijinks ensued. plus the crack stuff. and he had MS as does a close family member of mine, so i'm a supporter of his cause.
anyway he rocked.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Sudiegirl said...

I feel the same way you do about Richard Pryor. He was so very funny, and made a person think (God Forbid)!

I did an entry about him as well...quite the character.

Have a great holiday, and come visit me anytime!


8:53 AM  

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