That Richard Pryorâs Crazy!

That Richard Pryor’s Crazy!

Debuting its ‘Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic’ documentary May 31, Showtime celebrates the late comic icon’s genius

Michael A. Gonzales

by Michael A. Gonzales, May 30, 2013

That Richard Pryorâs Crazy!

Martin Lawrence, Robin Harris, Chris Rock and countess others.

Pryor, who died in 2005 at the age of 65 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, went on to a celebrated, yet uneven, career that included films, television and more stand-up comedy albums (…Is It Something I Said, Live on the Sunset Strip). But That Nigger’s Crazy was the foundation on which brother Richard built his brilliant Tower of Babel. Almost 40 years after its release, no other comedy disc has come close to matching the combined humor and pathos of That Nigger's Crazy. Wherever you are Richard, that joint is still funny. 

Cultural critic Michael A. Gonzales has written cover stories for VibeUptownEssenceXXL, Wax Poetics and elsewhere. He's also written for New York and The Village Voice. Read him at Blackadelic Pop and follow him on Twitter @gonzomike.

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