RIP Richard Pryor 1940-2005
Describing his own style of comedy as "deep and profane", few stand-up comedians emerging within the last twenty years can say they weren't inspired by him. After growing up in a brothel run by his grandmother, Pryor lived a turbulent life involving cocaine, alcohol, and seven marriages (two of them with the same woman) In the 1970's he had reached the top levels of American entertainment by appearing on popular mainstream TV shows and in Las Vegas. Successful movies like The Silver Steak (where he has to teach Gene Wilder to walk and talk like a "brutha") made him one of the highest paid artists in Hollywood. Suffering from sclerosis in his later years, he continued to perform as the legend stand-up comedian - sitting down.