Column | Apr 4, 2013 | 9:33 AM
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Story | Dec 4, 2014 | 7:00 AMNine years after his death, Richard Pryor remains an intense presence in American pop culture. A transformational figure in stand-up comedy — 1979's often autobiographical "Live in Concert" cemented his reputation as the greatest comic genius of his generation — Pryor went on to become one of Hollywood's highest-paid and most beloved movie stars. But where did Pryor's mercurial personality, his performance skills and his source material come from? How did he develop from a career modeled after that of the early, decidedly noncontroversial crossover comedian Bill Cosby to the profanity-slinging truth-teller of his prime?
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Column | Dec 12, 2011 | 2:12 PM
"Unspeakable," a unauthorized show about the late comedian Richard Pryor, will be performed before an invited audience at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Chicago on Friday. The non-public performance is an attempt to secure backers for a commercial...