An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor
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1977  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Richard Pryor performs his stand-up comedy act on the Sunset Strip.

Director: Joe Layton
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Cross, Julie Hampton
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Part live stand-up performance, part documentary, this film is one of comedian Richard Pryor's later stand-up performances. As foul-mouthed as ever, Pryor touches on most of the same topics as in his previous live shows.

Director: Richard Pryor
Stars: Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery
Car Wash (1976)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Car Wash is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, including Richard Pryor as a preaching 'wonder-man' who is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus
Out of the Blue (TV Series 1979)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Random was an angel out to earn his wings by doing good deeds. He went to work as a high-school teacher, and moved in with Marion and her five nephews and nieces, who were frequently ... See full summary »

Stars: Shane Keller, Jimmy Brogan, Dixie Carter
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The second stand-up performance of Richard Pryor filmed.

Director: Jeff Margolis
Stars: Richard Pryor, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Lee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A comedy comprised of short sexually suggestive skits.

Director: I. Robert Levy
Stars: Angelyne, Roger Behr, Gary Bonart
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A spoof 1950s sci-fi movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late-night television.

Directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall
Blue Collar (1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto
The Richard Pryor Special? (TV Special 1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Richard Pryor wanders around the NBC Studio, encountering various eccentrics. Meanwhile, the Reverend James L. White, the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada and others are taping their own segments.

Director: John Moffitt
Stars: Richard Pryor, Maya Angelou, Shirley Hemphill
Laugh-In (TV Series 1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

It,s just laugh out comedy with lots of famous stars including the late great robin williams

Stars: Antoinette Atell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bea Arthur
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 Herself - Audience Member (2 episodes, 1977)
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An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor

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Pryor chose "For the Love of Money" as the show's theme song because money was his main motivation for doing the show. See more »

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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Robin Williams Remembered (2014) See more »

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For the Love of Money
Composed by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Anthony Jackson
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way ahead of its time
10 January 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Before Chris Rock. Before Eddie Murphy. There was only one man who took comedy to its limits, RICHARD PRYOR. Pryor was at the top of his game when NBC offered him his own variety series back in 1977. Low ratings and Pryor's battle with the network's censors caused the show to shut down after a run of just 4 episodes. What is left is a brilliant piece of work by Pryor and his crew, which included Robin Williams, Tim Reid(WKRP), Marsha Warfield(Night Court), John Witherspoon(Friday)among others.

Richard Pryor really pushed the limits with this show. In his skits, just when you thought the skit was over or he couldn't go any further with his material, Pryor always took it one step further. Whether he was playing the President or dumping on NBC(over the censors), Pryor wasn't just funny, but SHOCKINGLY FUNNY. Now, please keep in mind that this was 1977 and there was more of a barrier of what you can say and do on television(as for today, anything goes).

Shows like CHAPPELLE'S SHOW I think owe a lot to The Richard Pryor Show. It broke all barriers.

Without Richard Pryor, there would be no Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Steve Harvey, Wayans Bros. (the list goes on and on). Richard paved the way for them all, as you all will see. The Richard Pryor Show is being released on DVD/VHS in March 2004. I'd suggest you pick it up and get ready to fall out of your chair...LAUGHING.


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