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Richard Pryor


Why the hell is Richard Pryor not in the Top 10? He inspired George Carlin, Russel Peters and many others to become comedians. He was the one who introduced the use of colorful vulgarities into the stage and encouraged comedians to talk about things people would never dare talk about in real life. He was one of the first, along with Lenny Bruce, comedians to let us see society's real face. A classical comedian and he's positioned 12? Disappointing.
Richard Pryor pretty much started every other black comedian on this lists career, they all cite him as an influence. George Carlin is brilliant due to his personal and observational humor, a lot of people find Carlin offensive though due to his beliefs which is an unfair basis to judge his comedy in my opinion.
Richard Pryor is Stand up comic and anybody that watch stand up comdians knows that "Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings... and lawyers."
Richard Pryor is one of the greatest comedians and I'm not saying that because he's no longer with us but because he took his situations in life and used them to his benifits. Making people laugh came naturally for him. Thank God he brought him into so many ppls life and took us out of our own situations and gave us something to laugh about and with. Susan
Richard Pryor is the best even robin williams said it himself. noone comes close.Richard didnt only do comedy he gave a lot and brought whites and black together.this is the only guy who has tears coming out of my eyes when i watch him. Rest in peace buddy
I am pretty sure that at least 90%, if not all comedians on this list pay homage to Richard Pryor. He paved the way for Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, and so many other great comedians. He is a legend, well at least in this field!
I was 9 when I discovered my parents Richard Pryor live on the Sunset Strip Album and have been hooked on comedy ever since. Richard Pryor was one of the edgiest, funniest comics I have ever listened to.
Rich is the best hands down. The measurement is stand up comedian, did you listen to his work? If you want to use T.V. shows or movies ok then did you watch his T.V. shows or movies. He had a comedy album that beat rb albums on the charts. Just cause it did not happen yesterday doesn't mean it's forgotten. Forgetting history is forgetting the present and the future.
This is ridiculous Richard Pryor is #12 wow! Who writes these lists... He is definitely top 3 all time. It's basically between him and Carlin and then everybody else. Russell peters as number 1 is a joke in itself. I don't even think he's funny.
I have never felt like there was not enough space for my vital organs and my capacity for laughter... Until I saw this guy's stand up! Ridiculously funny!
Definitely. A lot of younger people voting here. How can you have Dave Chappelle before The king Richard Pryor? It was he who paved the way for a lot of these people listed above. His comedy was raw, uncensored and unmatached!
Richard Pryor is the king! The young people don't know anything about great stand-up. Russell peters is nowhere nearly as funny and creative as pryor was. He opened the gates for all the other great comedians that came after him
It should be Richard Pryor #1. Russell peters and chappelle should not be in the top 5 or even the top 10
. Pryor this low? He is the prototype of all stand up comedies and he discusses social, political, economic etc. . . Issues in a humorous way. If he is not Number one, then he should be Number Zero.
Kids, take some time out to actually watch some of Richard Pryor's stuff; then you will know how mislead you have been.
Why is richard pryor on number five this guy should be on top he is the funniest guy on earth where do you think chris rock gets it from people don't understand how funny he is man that just got me od tiet right now cause he should Be the Best this is just bad wats wrong with you people man so damn retarded richard pryor to me you are the funniest guy in the whole universe R.I.p
Richard Pryor is the comedian who set the standard for comedians. He was the original. He talked about everyday life that you could relate to.
RP just the genius. He is the best. I wonder if this guy was born to be a stand up. He did so many also. If he had only devoted himself in stand up comedy, what would he have become. But I will contribute all my life to replace him.
The bedrock inspiration for many of today's funniest comedians.
Pryor, Carlin and even Cosby are three of the classics that have influenced the current and possibly future comedians.
Everybody should watch him before voting to others. Still laughing 1 month after hearing his jokes haha
Every comic on the top ten list here would say that Richard Pryor was ahead of them. Steve Martin, too. And Louis C.K. he's the current number one.
In fairness, king richard should not be in contention... Pryor is like beethoven among classical composers... Too great and original to be compared with other mortals!
Richard pryor is most definitely the one man who did the most with stand up comedy throughout his career. Its very safe to say anyone whom feels differently has a very poor sense of humor.
A lot of funny people on this list - but Pryor takes the cake. The original. If you love comedy, do yourself a favor, check him out. His stuff is still funny today.
I'm 16 years old and Richard Pryor is the best comedian ever to live in the world and the next. Richard Pryor was the first hardcore comedian to bless the stage and the big screen. He should be #1
Old school, I'm brazilian, his stand ups are always old, and still awesome, very truthful, and inspired some of the best, like Eddie Murphy

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