i know you dont want this type of answer,... but i honestly cant choose between them. carlin is one of my all time favorites,.. the guy that built the road that robin williams would break the speed limit on,... he did satire in a way few had before or since,................. but pryor,... omg,... so multi talented,.. his movies with and without gene wilder,... just awsome.
pryor had satire that delivered laughs at break neck speed and a moral lesson on the back side,... he could make you laugh your ass off and think deep,... when you were done laughing you left a better person because of what he made you think about.
carlin,... oh jeeze,... his satire was sharp, hit hard and had no apologies in it,... none what so ever,... he told you exactly how twisted society was and then threw in a round loud "f**k you" in your face for kicks,.... he made you laugh your ass off at the human race and american society with full knowlege that you were part of the same screwd up group.
the overall difference between pryor and carlin was carlin had a true gallows humor,... while pryors humor had tears and hope in it,.... carlin loved pointing out the stupidity that he saw as human nature,.... pryor pointed to the wrongs in life in a funny way, hoping the world would change if it could laugh together at itself.
carlin laughed at a world he had given up on (at least in his act) and pryor laughed at a world he thought could get better.
carlin was resignation,.... pryor was hope.
i cant choose,