He is well famous for trenchant observations and storytelling style and widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential stand-up comedians of all time. He was branded “The Picasso of our profession” by Jerry Seinfield and also “the seminal comedian of the last 50 years” by Bob Bewhart. This legacy can be ascribed, in character, to the unwonted stage of intimacy Pryor brought to yield on his comedy. "Richard Pryor drew the line between comedy and tragedy as thin as one could possibly paint it." as Bill Cosby once verbally expressed his praise to Pryor.
Many awards were presented to him including an Emmy Award (1973), and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). He also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award in 1974 and the first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humorachievement, no one can ever wonder why Pryor is listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.
The place Pryor is most recollected for and most revered since Pryor died after suffering a heart attack in December 2005, and is on stage performing stand-up comedy routines that made him one of the most consequential, influential and reverenced stand-up comedian of all time.