Anybody who is remotely interested in a career in stand-up comedy needs to study the complete works of Richard Pryor. He spun his own life’s tragedies into comedic gold. I was fortunate early on in my comedy career to meet Mr. Pryor and watch him perform live at the Comedy Store. Even after he became ill he continued to perform on a regular basis. I am very optimistic that Richard Pryor will be remembered for his unique comedic voice and not for his use of obscenities.
1940 - 2005
When looking for a Richard Pryor quote, the first one that popped into my head was from the December 13th, 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live titled: Racist Word Association Interview, "Dead honky!"
SNL Transcripts: Richard Pryor: 12/13/75: Racist Word Association Interview
Good Night Mr. Pryor and thank you for teaching us that comedy is truly tragedy plus time.