I will be sending in notes and also readings that you may pull from for this assignment.
Please focus on the influence and impact Richard Pryor had on comedians, what changed throughout the years, how did he use satire in a different way from his past.
Readings to think about:
Bambi L. Haggins, “Laughing Mad: The black comedian’s place in American comedy of the post-Civil Rights era,” in Hollywood Comedians: The Film Reader, ed. Frank Krutnik (London: Routledge, 2003): pp. 171-186.
Harriet Margolis, “Stereotypical Strategies: Black Film Aesthetics, Spectator Positioning, and Self-Directed Stereotypes in ‘Hollywood Shuffle’ and ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,’” Cinema Journal 38.3 (Spring 1999): pp. 50-66.
In the lecture notes focus on the last part mostly, how comedy differs between Bill Cosby
, Richard Pryor, Edie Murphy and Chris Rock.
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Haggins, B. (2007). Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America Pescataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Pryor, R. (2013). Richard Pryor -- comedic influences. YouTube. Retrieved November 18, 2013 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX5KB5yNcRU