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Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!

Posted on: March 6, 2008 6:00 pm

We are defined by the time we grew up. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard 'If you had grown up in the depression.........", from my parents. Obviously, the depression defined their youth.

For me, one of the defining characters outside of sports was the brilliant comedian, Richard Pryor. Back in the day, when I still had an 'acidic' tongue, I could do just about any Pryor bit, chapter and verse.

There are still a few of my buddies who will reply when anyone says, How about......(insert any subject), and one of us will say, How 'bout Miss Rudolph, followed by another buddy saying, "How 'bout your mama.

For those of you who don't know Pryor, that means nothing. For those of you who know that famous 'Mudbone' bit, you are rolling.

Some find Pryor offensive. The language was rough. He dropped the 'N' bomb all the time. To this day, if you look it up on "YouTube", the bit he did on Saturday Night Live with Chevy Chase is still one of the all time greats.

If you were a fan, you have a favorite bit. If you have a favorite Richard Pryor bit, feel free to share. My all time favorite is the one where is talking about the difference between black and white church. To quote Pryor, 'at black church, you get a show for your money'. He goes into a preacher bit...quoting from the book of Wonder....(Stevie, that is)

(in preacher voice) A boy was born, in hardtime Mississippi. Surrounded by four walls that were not pretty. His parents (that's two peoples) give him love and attention, keepin' him strong, movin' in the right direction. Give him just enough, I said just enough, for the city....then they shift on you say...

You know, I first met God, in 1929. I never will forget this. You see, I was walkin' down the street. I don't believe you heard me. I said, I was walkin' down the street. I was not runnin', I was walllllllllkkkkkkkkiiiiiinnnnggggg.
Eatin' a tuna fish sandwich. And I heard this voice call out to me, and I knew it was the voice of God. For it came from without a dark alley only the voice of God could come. But I did not venture down that dark alley way. For it might not have been the voice of God....but two or three N!&&E*s with a baseball bat. God only knows...and he wasn't talkin' and I wasn't walkin'.

Take care.

Category: General

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2008 1:14 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!

That's right Mel....always use a razor, on my face to shave. I use it every time..,...Little tiny hairs, growin' out of my face....get my razor, lather up and shave zip zop, my face is ripped to shreds.

Cosby is great, too.

Take care.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2008 8:57 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!

I never got into Pryor, but I had Bill Cosby's stuff memorized -  Word for Word.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2008 1:17 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!

My favorite Richard Pryor skit from SNL was the Halloween special when they did the spoof of the Exorcist.

The bed is on my foot! That was hilarious.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2008 11:07 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!

Here is the clip from Saturday night live. It's the job interview skit with Chevy Chase. You need to get to the 2:30 mark of the clip. It was a breakthrough this aired in late '76 or early '77.


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2008 10:13 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!

Thanks Corv....

He did two stand up concert movies. One was Richard Pryor live in Concert. The most famous bit from that concert was the 'pet monkies making love in the trees'. I'm the 6th of 7 kids. On Memorial day, all but one of us and spouses met at mom and dad's for a cookout. It rained. All we kids went to that movie. I had two sister in laws who had never seen Pryor who needed 'Depends' during the show.

The second was the one you are thinking on the Sunset Strip with the red leather outfit. He did speak at length about his trip to Africa. He also closed the concert by striking a match and telling the audience they were bad. Bouncing the lit match in front if him he says, 'What do you call this?....Richard Pryor running down the street'.

He was a comedic genius. Too bad he did as so many do....self destructed.

Take care.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2008 9:51 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, Richard Pryor!



I worshipped the guy.

Do you remember the show after the "pipe" incident?  He described being on fire...repudiated his past usage of the N word...and talked about his trip to Africa.  (Or am I conflating two different shows?)

He had a way of delivering a scathing commentary on societal norms, while retaining his fundamental humanity.  Fearless...acc
d and vulnerable.  He could break your heart while making you laugh...and that's not a simple thing.

Thank you for this post.  It saddens me immeasurably that so many here will never know him.




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