Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'
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Comedic legend Richard Pryor draws big laughs in this recording of one of his stand-up comedy routines at the New York Improvisation in 1971. Capturing the spirit of the legendary comedian in his early years, this disc features many of his classic routines performed in true Pryor fashion; uncensored and outrageous.
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Richard Pryor at his absolute worst - on stage, anyway.
How I wish his life had to be shortened by MS, just as Robin Williams was shortened by Lou Gehrig's disease. And he didn't want to hang around for the painful demise.
I now want to buy every movie Pryor made just to get his take on life.
This is Richard Pryor in his embryonic stage. He was performing for the audience instead of performing for himself. If this video had been filmed years later, after his act had been polished, he probably wouldn't have given a flip about the audience being a drag. He would have just done his thing. Bless his heart, he was so nervous. At one point, he even asked the audience to pretend that the cameras weren't there. And if you watch it through the ending credits he even says himself, "This ain't as funny as we thought it was gonna be." You just want to go through the TV and hug him. The material was funny, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I give it 3 stars because of the film's location and because of the horrible ending. The editor just cut him off in the middle of a wino routine. If you are a die-hard Richard Pryor fan (like myself), I would recommend this video. But if you just want to see some good-old fashioned Richie Pry at his best, polished and all, "Live In Concert," or "Live on The Sunset Strip" may be a better choice for you.