Monday, December 12, 2005
One of the greatest stand up comedians in the world passed away on Saturday at the still-young age of 65. Pryor had been suffering from multiple sclerosis for nearly 20 years. I discovered Richard Pryor fairly early on, renting most of his movies on our old betamax while we lived in Eastern Passage from 1983 to 1990. I remember my friend Jason would always shout out, "My dick is on fire, just like Richard Pryor! In reference to when Pryor nearly burned himself to death while freebasing cocaine in 1980. Man i swear i would rent a Pryor movie a week at one stage, even silly stuff like "The Toy" and "Superman III" were favorites of mine, cause Pryor made them better. My brother took me to see "The Toy" and i wanted a "Wonderwheel" and Richard Pryor to come to my house to hang out just like that brat in the film. Rest in peace Brother Richard..and thanks for the laughs.