Richard Pryor

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Michael Smiley’s teenage obsessions: ‘I heard the Beat and came back to Belfast a rude boy’
The comedian and actor on dancing with his mother to Ray Charles, the power of Seamus Heaney’s poetry and how Richard Pryor showed him his future

As told to Tom Seymour

19, Aug, 2021 @1:09 PM

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From Beyond the Fringe to Nanette: five shows that changed the face of comedy
With the Edinburgh fringe in full flow, here are the five standup sets that catapulted their creators to fame

Brian Logan

21, Aug, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Come Inside My Mind: star-studded documentary honors Robin Williams
Director Marina Zenovich talks about translating Williams’ comedy to the screen, his inner demons, and what compels her about complicated men

Jake Nevins

16, Jul, 2018 @9:00 AM

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In brief: White Girls; The Last of the Greenwoods; The Old Man and the Sand Eel – reviews
Controversial and often brilliant essays by Hilton Als, a slow-paced mystery from Clare Morrall, plus Will Millard’s obsessive memoir about fishing

Alexander Larman

25, Feb, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor's widow confirms
Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that ‘it was the 70s’ and ‘drugs were still good’

Gwilym Mumford

08, Feb, 2018 @10:17 AM

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Lee Daniels back on board to direct Richard Pryor biopic produced by Jay Z
Mike Epps, Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy and Kate Hudson to star in the film, which Daniels initially dropped out of directing due to scheduling conflicts

Nigel M Smith

07, Oct, 2016 @12:15 AM

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Gene Wilder: a comic enigma whose genius shone brightest in collaboration | Hadley Freeman
Enduring partnerships with Richard Pryor, Gilda Radner and Mel Brooks show Wilder’s gift wasn’t just his own mastery, but an ability to coax it from others, too

Hadley Freeman

30, Aug, 2016 @9:25 AM

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Gene Wilder – five key performances
From The Producers to Stir Crazy, via Willy Wonka and Blazing Saddles, we pick out the key roles by Gene Wilder, who died on Monday aged 83

Andrew Pulver

29, Aug, 2016 @9:59 PM

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Walter Mosley: 'Donald Trump is a lazy, spoilt guy'
As his latest detective novel drops, the writer muses on Obama, the Clintons, and how his own father is like his celebrated protagonist, Easy Rawlins

Alexander Bisley

11, Jul, 2016 @12:16 PM

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On my radar: Santigold’s cultural highlights
The singer and producer on the mesmerising David Oyelowo in Nightingale, soul food in Brooklyn and Dave Chappelle’s sharp comedy

Priya Elan

24, Jan, 2016 @10:16 AM

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Why the black best friend has had its day | Maurice Mcleod
David Oyelowo has said he will not play BBFs – it’s time to consign these jive-talking, fist-bumping, two-dimensional donkeys of roles to history

Maurice Mcleod

02, Jun, 2015 @2:22 PM

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Eddie Murphy set to join Lee Daniels' biopic of Richard Pryor
Murphy, who once directed Richard Pryor in Harlem Nights, will play the father of standup comedian, who is to be played by Mike Epps

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

16, Mar, 2015 @11:32 AM

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