Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

Remembering Comedian Richard Pryor Isn't Very Funny
Boston Globe

Famous fans and peers, including Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, as well as former lovers, lawyers, wives, and managers all weigh in on Pryor’s incredible story. (Though as far as acolytes go, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock feel notably absent.) And their tales are often chilling as they do not skimp on Pryor’s undoing by those self-destructive habits which led to his professional decline.

But Omit the Logic (Friday - Showtime, 9pm) is by no means a simple laugh-riot recounting of Pryor’s personal and professional milestones.

Given the rocky contours of those milestones, such an approach would be impossible. Yes, Logic will remind older viewers, and instruct younger ones, as to the many ways that Pryor, who passed away in 2005, was funny. But be prepared to be discomfited and provoked as well, because the film, directed by Marina Zenovich, does not flinch from the darkness in Pryor’s life.

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