AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Los Angeles is full of comedians, many of them actually funny. But only infrequently does a comedian come along who can make us laugh with painful intensity even while forcing us to confront uncomfortable realities about ourselves and our society. Richard Pryor, who died Saturday, was one of those very few. In many ways, Pryor, a San Fernando Valley resident, was a pioneer in entertainment, not just for other black comedians but also for his scathingly funny, in-your-face, very un-P.C. shtick uncommon in the 1960s and 1970s. Pryor had been absent from the Hollywood scene in any significant way in recent years as he battled multiple sclerosis, but his contribution to comedy was such that he will be remembered for a long, long time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!