Soon enough though, Pryor tired of doing someone else's brand of comedy. "I made a lot of money being Bill Cosby," he said. "(But) there was a world of junkies and winos, pool hustlers and prostitutes, women and family screaming inside my head, trying to be heard. The longer I kept them bottled up, the harder they tried to escape. The pressure built till I went nuts."
Those voices emerged as a brand of character based stand-up comedy that had never been seen before. To say that Pryor was an influence on stand-ups like Eddie Murphy is like saying that Benjamin Franklin was an influence on someone working in electronics today. The man quite simply invented a brand of stand up.
Here for your enjoyment is Pryor doing what he did best, making people laugh.
MP3s of Stand Up
Black Super Hero
Video of Pryor Hosting SNL
Classic Sketch: Racist Word Association
Monologue: Richard Fails His Acid Test
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