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    the late cutting-edge stand-up comic

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right in my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following excerpt from an Entertainment News?

    “U.S. actor Eddie Murphy will play Richard Pryor in a new movie about the late cutting-edge stand-up comic, industry sources say.”
    I know the meaning of the detached constituent parts of the mentioned above giant expression but the work is getting more complicated by the interpretation in my natural language.

    stand-up comic
    stand-up = requiring a standing position (a stand-up bar, a stand-up comic, stand-up stage, stand-up performance, stand-up comedy)

    cutting-edge = in accord with the most fashionable ideas or style (cutting-edge technology), up-to-date, contemporary, modern

    In my opinion the usage of the word “late” lays particular stress on the fact that Murphy will play the award-winning comedian in a movie based on the book "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said” which has to do with his last creatives years before the ill-fated heart-attack on 10 December 2005.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: the late cutting-edge stand-up comic

    Stand-up comic = a comedian whose act consists of standing in front of an audience while he/she talks.

    "the late Richard Pryor" tells you that he is dead - just like the late African blue parrot in the dead parrot sketch.

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