Comics to raise funds for Richard Pryor statue

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ Comedian and talk-show host George Lopez is slated to help raise money for a statue honoring Peoria native and fellow comic Richard Pryor.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports (http://bit.ly/1uv9Uec ) Lopez will perform in Peoria on Nov. 2. He’s expected to be joined by fellow comics Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and Mike Epps.

Local organizers have been raising funds for years to erect a 7-and-1/2-foot tall statue of Pryor. The comedian and actor was born and raised in Peoria. He died in 2005.

The event, called “A Night for Richard,” also is intended to honor Pryor’s life and work.

The statue is expected to be unveiled in December. It will be located downtown Peoria.

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