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Jerry Seinfeld hailed him as "the Picasso of our profession." Bob Newhart called him "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years." Richard Pryor (1940-2005) was the first ever winner of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, but he was also the son of a prostitute and a hustler and a young man who grew up in his abusive grandmother's brothel. This biography of the edgy stand-up comedian and actor shows a genius emerging hesitantly from this tragic cocoon. David and Joe Henry's Furious Cool doesn't neglect the violence or domestic discord of his life or that only the last of Pryor's seven marriages lasted more than a year or two. A sensitive portrait of the intense man Comedy Central named as the number one stand-up comedian of all-time.