Comedic actor Richard Pryor owes his success to underground stand-up hero
LENNY BRUCE - because listening to the funnyman "changed his life".
The BREWSTER'S MILLIONS star, 63, forged a Hollywood career after a
successful stint on the live stand-up comedy circuit until drug addiction and
ill health hit - and Pryor identifies Bruce's influence as the catalyst for his
He says, "Lenny changed my life. I never heard anything like him before
and I remember thinking, 'If this is comedy, then what the f*** am I doing?'
"So I played his record over and over, every night. It was him who said
comedy wasn't about telling jokes - it was about telling the truth."