A Pryor Engagement
updated 09/23/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/23/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The guest of honor looked frail but happy as guests at the two-hour salute—taped for airing on CBS in November—swapped memories and praised Pryor for so bravely weathering his illnesses. "He's a man who brought the black perspective to comedy," said In Living Color star Keenen Ivory Wayans, acknowledging the comic's ground-breaking humor.
Noting that the show's producer, George Schlatter, had staged a similar tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. shortly before that showman's death, Murphy quipped to Pryor, "I bet it scared your ass when George called you up to do this." But Pryor seem unconcerned. "I'm alive and well and happy to be here," he assured the crowd. "I have MS, not death."