Send out the clowns

Cut drug- and wife-abusing,

motorized scooter-driving,

multiple sclerosis-suffering

Richard Pryor this much slack:

At least the former funny man

and first-ever Mark Twain

Prize-for-American-humor

recipient has a shaky handful of

reasons why he hasn't really

made anybody laugh since 1980,

when he spontaneously combusted

while freebasing cocaine.

Indeed, despite the regrettable

decision to share his great pain

with audiences by making films

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