Sunday, December 11, 2005

RIP Richard Pryor

It was while getting ready to go out to dinner last night that the news of the death of one of my all time favorite funny men was announced. Richard Pryor dead of a heart attack at 65. In some ways this is a blessing for him. He doesn't have to deal with his battered and non functioning body any more. He will be missed.
One recommendation for those of you who have only seen snippets of his stand up comic prowess. This "double feature' DVD will give you an idea of what he was all about...http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000803BPS/qid=1134307672/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-2008319-6832825?s=dvd&v=glance&n=130......It's a long copy and paste, but you can do it!
Another favorite comic film for me is SILVER STREAK, where he teamed with Gene Wilder aboard a train trying to catch the bad guys. It's a film you should see...give it a rent.
Thank you Richard. I know some people say your physical problems were for the most part your own fault. To a degree, yeah. But not the MS that curtailed and dimmed your comic genius in such a tragic way. Thanks for the laughs, funnyman.

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