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'Homey Don't Play That': A Tale of Emmy-winning Black Comedy Sitcom 'In Living Color'

Comedy is a cruelly subjective art form, and not much of it survives outside of its time frame.

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Harlem Nights: Eddie Murphy and the Original Gangsters of Black Comedy

After a decade of uninterrupted success, Eddie Murphy ushered out the 1980s with an ambitious but shaky vanity project. Here is how the director, producer, writer and star of Harlem Nights bit off more than he could reasonably chew.

Gabi Tartakovsky
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Richard Pryor's Designated Writer: An Interview With Paul Mooney

In a new memoir, veteran stand-up comic Paul Mooney reflects on his life and work with the legendary comedian Richard Pryor and their struggle against racism in Hollywood.

Steve Ryfle
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Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.

John G. Nettles
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Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (Uncensored)

I Ain't Dead Yet doesn't pretend to be definitive; nonetheless, it is an insubstantial program about a substantial figure.

Zeth Lundy

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