Friday, June 13, 2008

Richard Pryor

I've recently been revisiting the genius of Richard Pryor. Check out this video. It's a little long but it's worth seeing it till the end. In it, he's unusually subdued but it has a nice build-up.
Also check out this gem which I watched numerous times since finding it:

It shows Pryor's sweet side. It makes Eddie Murphy's attempts at G-rated comedy look disingenuous at best. Pryor had said Murphy's comedy was 'mean-spirited' and it makes sense he would say this after seeing Pryor's pre free-basing softer side.

1 comment:

erica said...

This is cute. Did you know there was a short-lived Sid and Marty Krofft series called Pryor's Place? It was a kid's show, very innocent, with some requisite miniature moving puppets that talked and such. The theme song is really cool too - it's by Ray Parker Jr. of Ghostbusters fame. The credits for a lot of the Krofft shows include a Ray Parker, who I can only assumer is Jr's dad.

Wow, I know too much about that.

But if you want to see it, there's an episode on one of the discs of The World of Sid and Marty Krofft collection.