The Funniest Man Dead or Alive

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The Funniest Man Dead or Alive
Also known asRichard Pyror: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive
Written by Reginald Hudlin
Directed by Reginald Hudlin
Original languageEnglish
Producer Abbie Kearse
Running time30 minutes
Budget$150,000 (estimated)
Original release
Network BET
ReleaseDecember 19, 2005 (2005-12-19)

Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive is a 2005 television documentary film aired by the television network BET on the life and influence of Richard Pryor. The thirty-minute special featured commentary from a wide range of actors, comedians, musicians, politicians, and Pryor's own family members. It aired just nine days after his death.

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