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FutureStarrA Richard Pryor Jr
“I want to be the first African American President.
In September 1967 Pryor had what he described in his autobiography Pryor Convictions (1995) as an "epiphany". He walked onto the stage at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas (with Dean Martin in the audience), looked at the sold-out crowd, exclaimed over the microphone, "What the fuck am I doing here!?", and walked off the stage. Afterward, Pryor began working profanity into his act, including the word nigger. His first comedy recording, the eponymous 1968 debut release on the Dove/Reprise label, captures this particular period, tracking the evolution of Pryor's routine. Around this time, his parents died—his mother in 1967 and his father in 1968.
Richard has worked hard and has fought through so much, I'm surprised how he stayed positive through it all. One time I saw him paying for somebodies medication at the pharmacy in Chicago because they didn't have insurance and couldn't afford it. Always lending a helping hand to others even if he doesn't have the means. Thats the type of person he is. Yes, his father was one of the most successful and loved comedians of all time, but he is not apart of his father Estate unfortunately. Richard would never ask for anything from anyone. So I'm doing it for him! (Source: www.gofundme.com)
Pryor Jr.’s father is universally considered the godfather of modern comedy, having influenced current icons like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, the Wayans brothers, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and a slew of others. But much like his lionized dad, the son has lived a troubled existence, which was exacerbated when the novel coronavirus virtually shut down Hollywood and stages in 2020.
Pryor Jr.’s close friend, Eric Harrison, started a GoFundMe page in hopes that crowdfunding will enable the son, who is also a comedian and actor, catch up on outstanding bills and hospital expenses. Pryor Jr. has reportedly contracted COVID-19 three times while working in close proximity to patients in a hospital. (Source: rollingout.com)