from The LA Times

Review: ‘Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic’ a keen look at gifted comic

By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic

Richard Pryor died in 2005 at the age of 65 from a heart attack related to multiple sclerosis. The unexpected thing, given his life and habits and health, was not that he died so young but that he lived so long.

Marina Zenovich’s enlightening biographical documentary, “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic,” which premieres Friday on Showtime, opens in the aftermath of Pryor’s famous 1980 self-immolation — a suicide attempt, the film argues, and not an accident related to freebasing cocaine, as was speculated. Not that Pryor didn’t freebase cocaine, which was certainly, if not directly, related to the suicide attempt. “I don’t like cocaine,” he tells an interviewer here. “I love it.”

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