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As Trump Threat Remains, DC Offers Comedy Bonanza: Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball (with Emo Philips), Mike Birbiglia, Sean Patton and Dick Gregory Bring the Laughs

Art Levine | Posted 10.06.2016 | Comedy
Art Levine

Photo of Jackie Kashian with permission of With the race for the presidency still tight even after last week's debate, there's no...

What Richard Pryor's Daughter Wishes Everyone Would Realize About Her Dad

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 09.07.2016 | OWN

Richard Pryor was hilarious, outspoken, a comedic pioneer ― and, if you ask his daughter Rain, a strict disciplinarian. Since Pryor was a successful...

Gene Wilder's Secret

Peter Birkenhead | Posted 09.06.2016 | Arts
Peter Birkenhead

Good comedians hide secrets in their eyes, and the secret in Gene Wilder's eyes was that he loved you very much. Even if he wanted to kill you. Even i...

Richard Pryor's Daughter Opens Up About The Racism Her Family Faced In Beverly Hills

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.18.2016 | OWN

When Rain Pryor was born in 1969, her father, Richard Pryor, had already begun transitioning from a relatively mild joke-telling comedian to a fearles...

Richard Pryor's Recap Of His Match With Muhammad Ali Will Make You LOL

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.16.2016 | Black Voices

Richard Pryor’s past experience as an amateur boxer was useless when it came to facing Muhammad Ali. During a December 1978 stand-up show, which was...

A Funny Thing Happened To Richard Pryor's Daughter

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices

She's biracial, Jewish and the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor, so Rain Pryor never runs out of material. Pryor, who performs her "Fried Chick...

Indentured, Injustice and the NCAA

Don McNay | Posted 02.19.2016 | Sports
Don McNay

When I was at the point of giving up on my latest book, Brand New Man: My Weight Loss Journey, I called Nocera for advice. Fifteen minutes of his insights got me on the right path and the book will be released next week.

I'm With Stupid: The Manchurian Trumpidate and His Big Hair Secret

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.18.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

It's brilliant, really, and I believe it leads to the inescapable conclusion that Trump is secretly a Democrat. Nothing else could explain his actions.

Happy 60th Birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! Our Favorite Quotes From The Actress

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.02.2016 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

On November 13th, Whoopi Goldberg turned 60. The actress, producer and The View co-host got her first Oscar nomination when she made her film debut in The Color Purple. And she's one of those rare people to have won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Daytime Emmy, Grammy and a Tony.

Mike Epps Talks 'Soaking' Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon. The late comedian will be played by M...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Rain Pryor Has Her (Own) Story To Tell

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.30.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Rain Pryor is used to being introduced as the "daughter of Richard Pryor." But nearly ten years after the legendary comedian's death, Rain shares that...

Mallika Rao

Welcome To Brooklyn, Where Artisanal Comedy Is Brewing | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts

Illustration by Priscilla Frank Value typically parallels price. High-quality food tends to be expensive. Ditto for clothes, airline seats -- even ...

A Class Clown Says Goodbye to David Letterman

John K. Herr | Posted 05.18.2016 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Catchphrases were created and run into the ground for fun. I don't recall a single sentence of any foreign language I ever studied. But I do remember "too much lotion!" and "they pelted us with rocks and garbage!"

Billie Holiday Would Be 100 Today!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.04.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Last night on Tavis Smiley's PBS TV show, a singer named Cassandra Wilson was talking about her new album in which she 'interpreted' some of the songs familiarized by the legendary Billie Holiday.

Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and My Dad: Not So Black & White

Neal Wooten | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
Neal Wooten

The year 1983 was a great year in my life. I graduated high school, bought my first car, and Eddie Murphy came out with Delirious. A classmate loaned me the tape one day and explained that Murphy was very funny.

My Conversation With Mike Epps on Playing Richard Pryor

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by actor and comedian Mike Epps. It was recently announced that Mike will play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, to be directed by Lee Daniels. In this clip Mike shares his thoughts on portraying such an iconic figure and gives us a small taste of what to expect from his performance.

Watch Lost Audition Footage Of Marlon Wayans As Richard Pryor

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 02.24.2015 | Entertainment

Last summer, Mike Epps was cast to play Richard Pryor in a film about the iconic late comedian from director Lee Daniels. But back in 2009, Marlon Way...

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

Richard Pryor Haunts Top Five

Andy Hoglund | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.

How Richard Pryor Invented The Edgy Comic Style That Branded Him An Artist

The Daily Beast | David Yaffe | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Biographer Scott Saul talks about spending 8 years studying Pryor and why he never got bored, why Pryor is still electrifying, and what he would have ...

Inside The Complex Relationship Between Bill Cosby And Richard Pryor

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor are two of the most important voices in modern comedy who also ended up as great friends, but they had a complicated rela...

Who Should Play Richard Pryor?

Deadline Hollywood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices

EXCLUSIVE: After blowing away everybody with his audition, actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in the biopi...

Robin Williams: An Agent of Change on Many Levels

Greg Archer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Few artistic beasts were able to grab lightening, stuff it into a bottle, break the bottle open and then wrestle with the lightning before swallowing it whole and leaping back onto his feet for another comedic feat. That was Williams. On the outside.

Searching for Richard Pryor

Jamie Masada | Posted 09.17.2014 | Celebrity
Jamie Masada

As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.

This Is What Richard Pryor's Son Thinks About Nick Cannon Being Cast In His Father's Biopic

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

Nina Simone's, Whitney Houston's and Aaliyah's biopics aren't the only films to stir up family drama and casting controversies. Richard Pryor's can no...