April 20, 2016 |
Tracy Morgan isn't all about the jokes these days. He says he has changed, not an uncommon result of living through a near-death experience. "I went to the other side and came back," Morgan said during a phone call from Austin, where he was performing. The former star of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live almost died in 2014 in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan was being shuttled back from a performance when his limo was struck by a Walmart freight truck. He was in a coma for nearly two weeks.
March 2, 2016
WITH HIS funny, sober, nerve-touching Oscar monologue Sunday night, Chris Rock used his strength - exploding hypocrisy and throwing shade on both sides of the racial divide. Rock solidified his grip on the superstar crown previously held by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and, yes, Bill Cosby as America's favorite African American standup. Chris Rock is the African American King of Comedy. Rock's monologue was widely anticipated, but the brewing race controversy may have kept some viewers away, and Oscar ratings slumped to an eight-year low. Not Chris Rock's fault.
August 30, 2014 |
At 33, Detroit's Danny Brown has become as notorious for sexual antics onstage and for self-admitted drug use as for his lewd, crude, yet smartly penned brand of electro-rap that manifested itself best on his most recent albums, XXX (2011) and Old (2013). From rapping on a laissez-faire lifestyle in his best tracks to titling himself "the Adderall Admiral," Brown doesn't seem to be a settled down-and-serious guy. Yet he delayed an interview several days to settle on a house just outside Detroit.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Filmmakers from Richard Linklater to David Gordon Green to Whoopi Goldberg are bringing films to this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The New York festival announced the second half of its 89-film slate Wednesday, all in various out-of-competition sections. Some of the films, like Linklater's "Before Midnight" and Green's "Prince Avalanche," will be continuing on the festival circuit after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Others, like Goldberg's documentary, "I Got Somethin' to Tell You," about the comedian Moms Mabley, will be showing for the first time.
October 20, 2012 |
Taylor Swift 's new album, Red , which is out Monday, is a statement, nay a veritable testament , to the young woman's maturation as a person, as an individual, and as an independent soul, says the country-pop star with a thousand ex-boyfriends. The album is "a definitive portrait of how I felt when I finally stopped caring what my ex thought of me," Swift, 22, tells USA Today. But Swift, whose celeb ex-beaus include Joe Jonas , Taylor Lautner , John Mayer , and Jake Gyllenhaal (that's a lot of livin' for one so young)
August 17, 2011 |
GLENDALE, CALIF. - "Make Me Laugh" comic Vic Dunlop has died in California of diabetes complications at 62. The irreverent comic joked about his weight, Catholic-school upbringing and Army life. He gained national attention on television's "Make Me Laugh. " He was a regular on Richard Pryor's 1977 comedy-variety show and appeared on the 1980s comedy "Harper Valley P.T.A. "
January 2, 2009 |
State flags at half-staff in his native New York. A full military burial in Cherry Hill, complete with honor guard and rifle salute. Thousands of e-mails from around the world, from Norway to South Africa. John P. Pryor would have hated it. To the beloved leader of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's trauma team - killed in Iraq by a mortar shell on Christmas Day - all military casualties were equal, according to his brother. "He would think this is profoundly unfair," Richard Pryor said Wednesday, driving to Dover Air Force Base to retrieve his brother's body from the military morgue.
December 30, 2008 |
The outpouring of grief by colleagues, friends and even strangers who were shocked by the death in Iraq of John P. Pryor, the passionate leader of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's trauma team, has been "beyond anything we had expected," his brother said yesterday. The funeral for Pryor, 42, was originally planned for a community church in Moorestown. Because of intense interest, the funeral now is likely to take place Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul after a viewing Saturday and Sunday near Pryor's home in New Jersey, said his brother, Richard Pryor, 41. John's "humility was unbelievable, because he had no understanding of what his death would mean," said his brother, speaking from the Moorestown home where immediate family gathered.
December 14, 2005 |
ON SATURDAY, Richard Pryor left this life and bequeathed to our culture as much darkness as he did the light his extraordinary talent made possible. When we look at the remarkable descent this culture has made into smut, contempt, vulgarity and the pornographic, those of us who are not willing to drink the Kool-Aid marked "all's well" will have to address the fact that it was the combination of confusion and comic genius that made Pryor a much more negative influence than a positive one. I do not mean positive in the way Bill Cosby was when his TV show redefined situation comedy by turning away from all the stereotypes of disorder and incompetence that were then and still are the basic renditions of black American life in our mass media.
December 13, 2005
The great comics, said Richard Pryor, "all have a hole in their chest where their heart should be. Somebody yanked their heart out when they were kids, and they've been spending their whole lives trying to fill that hole. " In the foreword for Made You Laugh!, Joe Garner's retrospective on comedy in America, Pryor said "the only thing that could numb that hole in my chest" was laughter. His medicine was good for the rest of us, too. Pryor, who died Saturday at age 65, used humor to touch people in ways they didn't expect.