Legendary comedian Richard Pryor made no secret of his copious drug use. His life was an open book that played out onstage. If you haven’t seen his bit about lighting himself on fire while free-basing, you should really do yourself favor and find it.
Now, certainly a habit like that would have an effect on a man’s loved ones, but in actress and former Pryor girlfriend Pam Grier’s upcoming memoir, she alleges a very unique side effect to the late comic’s drug use. Here’s an excerpt from Grier’s book Foxy: My Life In Three Acts, involving a visit to the doctor:
“He said, ‘Pam, I want to tell you about an epidemic that’s prevalent in Beverly Hills right now. It’s a buildup of cocaine residue around the cervix and in the vagina. You have it. Are you doing drugs?’
‘No,’ I said, astonished.
‘Well, it’s really dangerous,’ he went on. ‘Is your partner putting cocaine on his penis to sustain his erection?’
‘No,’ I said, ‘not that I know of. It’s not like he has a pile of cocaine next to the bed and he dips his penis in it before we have sex.’
I had a nauseating flash of one of Richard’s famous lines: Even my dick has a cocaine jones.
‘Are you sure he isn’t doing it in the bathroom before he comes to bed?’ the doctor asked.
‘That’s a possibility,’ I said. ‘You know, I am dating Richard Pryor.’
‘Oh, my God,’ he said. ‘We have a serious problem here. If he’s not putting it on his skin directly, then it’s worse because the coke is in his seminal fluid.’”
There’s a good breakdown of the medical unlikelihood of this occurrence on the blog Jezebel. Whether it happened or not, one thing is clear: in the 1970’s, Richard Pryor helped Pam Grier give new meaning to the term, “blow job.”