Monday, December 12, 2005


I know him mostly from Blazing Saddles, where the new black sherriff (NOT played by Pryor, my mistake) holds a gun to his head and says, "Nobody moves or the n***** gets it!" This is what else I've learned in the last few days following Pryor's death.

"I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, 'Ain't that the truth!' Richard Pryor is the truth machine. He has taken black street humor to its highest universal level." -Quincy Jones

His website still reads "I ain't dead yet m*therf@ck%r!!"

In 1998, Richard Pryor was awarded the first Kennedy Center Mark Twain Humor Prize. His acceptance statement was released as follows: "Two things people throughout history have had in common are hatred and humor. I am proud, that like Mark Twain, I've been able to use humor to lessen people's hatred. I feel great about accepting this prize. It is nice to be regarded on par with a great white man. Now that's funny." (Rotten Library)


Blogger uncle joe said...

I don't remember that being Pryor in Blazing Saddles. I see somebody elses face but can't place a name with it.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm a dope. Pryor co-authored the script with Mel Brooks. Cleavon Little played Bart. Thanks for catching my error.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Pryor was neutuered in those movies.

They ain't much room for angry niggers in Hollywood...

4:26 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Too bad.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Barnaby said...

I audibly gasped on the bus when I was reading that he had died - a terrible loss. The man was fantastic.

6:43 AM  

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