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  • Scott Saul on 'Becoming Richard Pryor'

    Nine 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?
  • Fred Hayman: The man behind Rodeo Drive

    Fred Hayman: The man behind Rodeo Drive
    He's been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it's not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos, before it was teeming with tourists and rolling with Rolls-Royces, the city was home to Fred Hayman, the proprietor of the...

    Chicago backers sought for Richard Pryor show

    "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...

    Darryl Owens: Dad morphs into caregiver as Mom gets sicker

    Darryl Owens: Dad morphs into caregiver as Mom gets sicker
    The passing decades have thrown my childhood memories slightly out of focus. Still, my most vivid recollections retain their sharpness, and have come to mind lately and often. I remember my dad often dragging through the porch door late in the evening...

    Vic Dunlop dies at 62; zany comic

    Vic Dunlop dies at 62; zany comic
    Vic Dunlop, a zany and irreverent standup comic with a natural flair for making people laugh, has died. He was 62. Dunlop died of complications of diabetes Saturday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his wife, Linda. -------------------- FOR THE...