There is no doubt about it. Richard Pryor altered the course of American comedy and took risks like no one else. He made us think about social issues in a new way and has influenced the current generation of comics.
He appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but I didn’t know much about his personal history other than that he struggled with drug use and the problems it caused.
This 600 page biography is a fascinating and thorough look at his life history that answers some questions and leaves more unanswered. He was born to a prostitute in 1940 and was raised by his grandmother in her brothel. His upbringing combined with changing times in the US gave him a unique perspective on life, which resulted in his bold comedic style.
Now that I know more about him, I’d like to re-watch his stand up comedy with this new insight.
Becoming Richard Pryor
by Scott Saul
Pub. date 12/9/14
Description: “Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family’s brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. He took to the stage, originally, to escape the hard-bitten realities of his childhood, but later came to a reverberating discovery: that by plunging into the depths of his experience, he could make stand-up comedy as exhilarating and harrowing as the life he’d known. He brought that trembling vitality to Hollywood. The major studios considered him dangerous. Audiences felt plugged directly into the socket of life.”
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I always liked Richard Pryor. But like so many comedians, I never like the foul language they don’t need to use to try and make something funny. I think it has the opposite effect.
I enjoy reading biographies. People have interesting lives.
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Jane H says
Richard Pryor’s life has always been intriguing. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book.
I love Richard Pryor!!
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Denise S says
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Mandy Kauffman says
I love to read about comedians to see where their comedy comes from. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
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Richard Brandt says
No doubt about it, Pryor was the Man.
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Rita M says
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Heather Freeman says
Makes me want to watch Silver Streak again.
Loved The Toy!!
Daniel Thornton says
Richard pryor is my favorite comedian
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I would love to read this and learn more about him!
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Thanks for the giveaway.
Was one of my favorite comedians. Loved his movies.
Brenda Robinson says
He was a comic genius
I would like to read this!
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Another great book :)
Sabine B says
Would love to win it, thank oyu!
Loved his movies.
I would like to read the work of Scott Saul.
Melissa Shirley says
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BILL HOFF says
Richard Pryor was one funny dude…loved his oncerts and short-lived V Show!
Christa bengtsson says
Loved him in his movies, very funny :)
I think this would be a good read as I think he came from a unique background and had a unique brand of comedy.
I think this would be an interesting read. He came from a unique background and had an unique brand of comedy.
Christina O says
I love Richard Pryor so I am excited to read this.
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Katherine Riley says
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Buddy Garrett says
It sounds like an interesting biography. Thanks.
Looks like an interesting read…thanks!