Wednesday, 30 June 2010

PRYOR There's a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at.

Not the first black stand up, but still the benchmark for black stand up. Correction still the benchmark for stand up of any colour.
His comedic genius was there for all to see but it was informed by a tough upbringing, by his intellect and his depth. His stand up recordings are legendary, his TV shows brilliant in parts, his albums exceptional. In a checkered movie career he has appeared in Lady sings the Blues and the Mack; both important black movies, and in the excellent Blue Collar Pryor's shows depth of talent, superb alongside Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Koto. Richard Pryor was not 'just' a comedian he was much more

Blue collar

'I believe the ability to think is blessed. If you can think about a situation, you can deal with it. The big struggle is to keep your head clear enough to think.'

'I can't just say the words, do a lot of one-liners. I love each person I play; I have to be that person. I have to do him true.'

'I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic.'

'I went to Zimbabwe. I know how white people feel in America now; relaxed! Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren't coming after me!'

'It's been a struggle for me because I had a chance to be white and refused.'

'There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace.'

'There's a lot more hypocrisy than before. Racism has gone back underground'

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