Honoring Richard Pryor

George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and Mike Epps will gather in Peoria, Ill., in early November for a one-night-only tribute to the late, great Richard Pryor.  Tickets go on sale next week.

“A Night For Richard” will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Nov. 2 with proceeds benefiting a seven-and-a-half-foot statue of the legendary comedian that’s scheduled to be unveiled near the end of the year.  Pryor was born in Peoria Dec. 1, 1940.

One of the first hosts of “Saturday Night Live,” Pryor’s list of accomplishments is almost endless and includes one Emmy award and five Grammys.   He was also the recipient of the first-ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, presented to him in 1998, two years before his death from a heart attack.

“Richard Pryor deserves a statue in his hometown,” Lopez said.  “I am honored to be involved in making that happen.”

Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Central Time.