Latest Richard Pryor Stories

2009-04-01 19:11:54

Comedian Bill Cosby has been named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center announced Wednesday. The 71-year-old performer is perhaps best-known for The Cosby Show, his classic 1980s sit-com about a close-knit, upper-middle-class black family living in Brooklyn, N.Y. The stand-up comedian, writer and social activist's other TV credits include The Electric Company, I Spy and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. "After bathing us, dressing us in fresh...

2009-03-01 12:32:58

U.S. actor Eddie Murphy will play Richard Pryor in a new movie about the late cutting-edge stand-up comic, industry sources say. Moviehole.net reported Thursday that after starring in a series of box-office comedy flops, Murphy will play the award-winning comedian in a movie based on the book Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?. The film, which hasn't been given a title, will reunite Murphy with director Bill Condon, with whom he worked on the set of Dreamgirls. No studio has been lined up...

2008-07-30 06:00:38

By Martyn McLaughlin I HEARD my first Roast at a young age, courtesy of a crude bootleg cassette passed under the school dinner table. Entitled Stars At Their Worst, I knew nothing of the personalities involved - US comedians Buddy Hackett and Milton Berle - and the jokes seemed weaker than a Labour majority. Nonetheless, I played it until the tape wore thin. The appeal was not the material, but the notion that I was eavesdropping on a secret rite, surreptitiously recorded for the...

2008-07-17 03:00:26

By William Loeffler, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--Richard Lewis didn't choose the comedy career path. A career pathology is more like it. He began his comedy career in 1971, when comics such as George Carlin and Richard Pryor were dragging comedy out of supper clubs and television variety shows into the dawning arena rock culture. Onstage, his panicky observations melded the existential dread of Franz Kafka with the self-deprecating hypochondria of Mel Brooks and Woody...

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