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HBO’s LA Lakers Drama Series Just Cast Actors as Richard Pryor and Jack Nicholson

Adam McKay‘s upcoming L.A. Lakers drama on HBO has cast some pivotal players in the series. Mike Epps (The Upshaws), Carina Conti (The Last Tycoon), Max E. Williams (Dreamland), and Mariama Diallo (Random Acts of Flyness) have all scored recurring roles on the show that will be based on Jeff Pearlman‘s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.
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Mike Epps Playing Richard Pryor in HBO's Los Angeles Lakers Show

Mike Epps will be playing Richard Pryor in a new HBO series about the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Deadline. The series is based on Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, and Epps joins a large cast. The series will be produced by Adam McKay and written by Max Borenstein.
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HBO's Lakers Series Casts Its Jack Nicholson and Richard Pryor

HBO's Los Angeles Lakers series just cast its version of Richard Pryor and Jack Nicholson, with Mike Epps and Max E. Williams playing the two celebrity fans of the team per a report from Deadline. Epps is finally getting the chance to play the famed comedian over seven years after being announced as the lead in a biopic set to be directed by Lee Daniels that failed to make it out of development hell.
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Mike Epps To Portray Richard Pryor In Series About L.A. Lakers: Report

For years, there have been rumors roaming around Hollywood about a potential Richard Pryor biopic. There were two actor-comedians poised to tackle the role: Nick Cannon or Mike Epps. Both entertainers were even photographed portraying the beloved comedy icon, but in the end, the world didn't receive a biopic, and any updates regarding the potential film faded into oblivion.
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Mike Epps Set As Richard Pryor, Three Others Cast In HBO’s L.A. Lakers Drama Series

EXCLUSIVE: Adam McKay’s HBO L.A. Lakers drama series is rounding out its cast. Mike Epps (The Upshaws), Carina Conti (The Last Tycoon), Max E. Williams (Dreamland) and Mariama Diallo (Random Acts of Flyness) will recur in the series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is producing.
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Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, Joey Molland, Richard Hell and Richard Pryor headline Record Store Day offerings from Omnivore Recordings

Omnivore Recordings will be omnipresent on Record Store Day Drops, scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 12, 2021 and Saturday, July 17, 2021 at brick and mortar record stores throughout the country. As Americans slowly find their way back to normal life, music retailers are once again open for business, and music fans will be out in force once again.
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Paul Mooney helped make SNL a cultural phenomenon by writing its legendary Richard Pryor-Chevy Chase "Word Association" sketch

It was Mooney, who died Wednesday at age 79, who wrote the iconic "Word Association" sketch in which Pryor reacts to Chase saying the N-word with "dead honkey" that aired on Saturday Night Live two months after the show's debut in 1975. "The fledgling series was in need of a ratings boost, and Lorne Michaels — co-creator and producer — was determined to book a guest host he knew could garner viewers: comedian Richard Pryor," says The Washington Post's Bethonie Butler. "Pryor was at the height of his breakout, on the heels of his Grammy-winning 1974 comedy album and an Emmy win for his work (alongside Michaels and others) on Tomlin’s eponymous 1973 TV special. He agreed to host the show on a few conditions, including one nonnegotiable demand: Paul Mooney, his writing partner of several years, was coming with him. Mooney’s presence in the writers room proved integral to the episode’s success, though his contributions have largely been relegated to footnotes over the years. To some extent, his brief but indelible work on what became Saturday Night Live mirrors the legacy that Mooney — who died Wednesday at 79 — built as an influential but often underappreciated comedian." After Pryor's death in 2005, Lorne Michaels told The New York Times that the "Word Association" sketch "defined us. It put us on the map."
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Paul Mooney, Comedian and Writer for Richard Pryor, Dies at 79

Paul Mooney, the comedian, actor and writer for Richard Pryor, died on Wednesday morning, his representative Cassandra Williams confirmed to Variety. He was 79. He died at his home in Oakland, CA after suffering a heart attack. Mooney’s Twitter account also shared the news on Wednesday morning, posting “Thank you...
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How Paul Mooney made SNL a cultural phenomenon with one legendary Richard Pryor-Chevy Chase sketch

In 1975, a new sketch comedy show was reaching the midway point of its first season on NBC. “Saturday Night,” as it was then known, had premiered with George Carlin as its inaugural host, followed by turns from celebrities including Rob Reiner, Candice Bergen and Lily Tomlin. The fledgling series was in need of a ratings boost, and Lorne Michaels — co-creator and producer — was determined to book a guest host he knew could garner viewers: comedian Richard Pryor.
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Paul Mooney, comedian and writer for Richard Pryor, dies at 79

Paul Mooney, the comedian, actor and writer for Richard Pryor, died on Wednesday morning, his representative Cassandra Williams confirmed to Variety. He died at his home in Oakland, Calif., after suffering a heart attack. Mooney's Twitter account also shared the news on Wednesday morning, posting "Thank you all from the...
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Paul Mooney death: Actor and comedy writing partner of Richard Pryor dies, aged 79

Comedian and actor Paul Mooney has died from a heart attack, aged 79.The news was announced by TMZ to whom Mooney’s family confirmed he had died at his home in Oakland.Paramedics were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive the comedian, who had reportedly been suffering from dementia over the past few years.Mooney is best known for his working relationship with Richard Pryor for whom he regularly wrote throughout his career. Helping him secure the role of head writer of The Richard Pryor Show was his experience cracking jokes during his job as a ringmster with the Gatti-Charles Circus.He also wrote...