The Comedian Who Changed My Life Is Richard Pryor


The Comedian Who Changed My Life is a series where comedians talk about, you guessed it, the comedian who changed their life. This week, Eddie Pepitone tells us why he chose Richard Pryor as the comedian who changed his life.

The comedian who changed my life was Richard Pryor. I’ll tell you why. I saw one of Richard Pryor’s concert films, and I was so blown away by how much fun and how funny he was about so many different issues. It really was like a mindblowing experience; and the type of experience where I watched Pryor talk about race relations and you know, he would do the voices of white people, and the laughs were so deep. And he also was a comic that had such honesty and truthfulness, like talking about his own life, and it just gave me– twofold.  It gave me the courage to talk about my own life on stage and realize that that’s where the really funny stuff comes from. And also just a pure unadulterated level of comedy, humor, absurdism that Pryor was able to put out on that stage. But it had a depth and a pathos to it, and to me that’s what really good stand up is. It isn’t this, just surface one liner thing thats kind of clever. It’s deep, deep, deep pathos within us that makes us just like tragedy juxtaposed againt comedy. So he changed my whole life.


pepitoneEddie Pepitone also known as the bitter buddha has been called the master of the rant.  Based in Los Angeles, he regularly tours the biggest clubs in the country.  He’s done recurring sketch roles on Conan, and as an actor, has appeared in a long list of television shows including Chappelle’s Show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Bobs Burgers.  Eddie writes and stars in his hit web series Puddin, which you can watch on YouTube.  Follow him @eddiepepitone on twitter and on his website  Eddie will be appearing at The Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta from June 19th through June 22nd.


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