Sunday, December 11, 2005

Farewell, Richard

We lost a good one yesterday when Richard Pryor left us at age 65.

With all due respect to Lenny Bruce, the most far-reaching, influential, and revolutionary voice in American comedy was Pryor. He was one of our greatest all-time shit-shakers, right up there with Twain and Mencken. But even as Pryor lobbed "motherfuckers" around with Olympic grace (will anyone ever put that term to better use?), he never let cynicism completely overwhelm his humility.

The title of Desson Thomson's well-done Washington Post appreciation - "So Funny It Hurts to Laugh" - kind of says it all.

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