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Saturday, December 10, 2005 

When you think of Richard Pryor...

RIP, funnyman.

Interestingly, had Pryor NOT died today, former Sen. Eugene McCarthy's death would have been the featured article on CNN's frontpage. Kudos to CNN for having the right priorities...
Entry By boyhowdy

I blogged it here. That's all I've got to say about it.

Nice one, Sister. I'm right there with you.

Every time a satirical, envelope-pushing comedian dies, we all get a little dumber.

I think about what he said in his stand up in his albums and cd's and I totally forget total crap like The Toy and Brewster's Millions.

That crap wasn't his fault anyway...

To each his own, I guess. You just named two of my favorite movies.

Personally, I thought Moving was pretty awful. And See no evil.

Hey, don't forget Superman 3! and those other movies he did with Gene Wilder.
god, first Rodney Dangerfield, now Pryor.....damn,damn, damn. ah well, we all gotta go sometime.

I also can't help thinking about his cameo in "The Muppet Movie" as a balloon seller when he sold a whole bunch of balloons to Gonzo, and Gonzo floated up in the air. god, Jim Henson, Orson Welles, Telly Savales, and now Pryor......the cast of that movie's practically dropping out like flies.....

"Ellison's parody of form [in "And Hickman Arrives" ( 1960)] is of the same order as Richard Pryor's parody of both the same sermonic structure and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City", which he effects by speaking the lyrics of Wonder's song in the form of and with the intonation peculiar to the Afro-American sermon in his "reading" of The Book of Wonder. Pryor's parody is a signification of the "third order," revealing simultaneously the received structure of the sermon (by its presence, demystified here by its incongruous content), the structures of Wonder's music (by the absence of its form and the presence of its lyrics), and the complex yet direct formal relationship between both the black sermon and Wonder's music specifically, and black sacred and secular narrative forms generally."

- The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism

by Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Oxford University Press, 1989

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