Being a successful stand-up comedian is usually a pretty easy way to punch your ticket off this Earth a little early. Drugs, booze, and unclean women are all temptations that even the most rigid comics can easily fall prey to. And no event exemplified this more than the infamous freebasing incident that nearly killed Richard Pryor in the early ’80s.

While freebasing cocaine and slugging down 151 proof rum, Pryor accidentally lit himself on fire and ran out into the streets ablaze. The best part is that while enjoying his crack habit, Pryor was still simply killing it on stage. He even incorporated the story into his act and gained even more notoriety.