Richard Pryor http://wfpl.org en Strange Fruit: 'Furious Cool' Co-Author David Henry on the Life of Richard Pryor http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-furious-cool-co-author-david-henry-life-richard-pryor-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122617909&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />This week we spoke with David Henry, co-author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Furious-Cool-Richard-Pryor-World-ebook/dp/B00CL08LNK">Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him</a>, about Pryor's work, and why it was so groundbreaking. "He had this sort of vulnerability about himself that just made him irresistible," David says. "He didn't pull any punches."<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Throughout their research for the book, David and his co-author (and brother) Joe Henry, learned about how Richard honed his craft, sometimes working the same comedy club every night for a week, each night with an improved version of the previous night's material.<br /><br />We talked about Pryor's surprising comments on his sexual experiences with other men, his openness about his drug use, and why audiences of all races found him so relatable.<br /><br />"When he was on stage by himself with just a microphone, he seemed to understand everything about being a human being," David said. "He seemed to have such a clear-eyed view of life, and seemed to understand how people work—in ways that he couldn't really apply to his own life when he was offstage."<br /><br />[Note: As you might expect from an interview about Richard Pryor, there is some frank language in this interview!]<br /><br />In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talked about the upcoming video game <a href="http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/entertainment-news/2013/11/25/watch-lgbt-culture-becomes-fierce-ultimate-gay">Ultimate Gay Fighter</a>, billed as the first-ever <a href="http://www.ultimategayfighter.com/">gay video game</a>.<br /><br />We also talked about Dayna Morales, the server who says a family left her a homophobic note instead of a tip. This week, the family in question came forward with their copy of the receipt which shows they did tip, and now Morales' story is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/family-anti-gay-receipt-hoax_n_4343563.html">suspected of being a hoax</a>.<br /> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:57:54 +0000 Laura Ellis 7730 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: 'Furious Cool' Co-Author David Henry on the Life of Richard Pryor