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.
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An audio version of the movie was released on a double-LP in 1978 and was entitled "Wanted: Live in Concert" (aka "Wanted/Richard Pryor - Live In Concert") similar to but not exactly the same as Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979). It ran for about eight minutes longer and included recordings from other concerts in the same 1978 tour but none from the Long Beach, California venue that was used for this movie. See more »
[recounting how he shot up his car when his wife was leaving him]
Then the police came. I went into the house. Cause they got magnums too. And they don't kill cars. They kill Nig-gars.
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This concert was recorded live at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California See more »
Quite Simply the Greatest Stand-Up Routine Ever Recorded
I can't express how dazzlingly brilliant this routine is. The jokes, the faces, the mime, the banter, ad-libs - everything amazes. This is the 'Citizen Kane' of routines and many comedians since have taken inspiration from it including Eddie Murphy (esp.) Chris Rock and Eddie Izzard.
Yes it is profane, but if you are stupid enough to watch a Pryor stand- up without being prepared for extreme 'vulgarity' then frankly you deserve to be offended. The language, although extreme isn't that shocking (even the now dreaded 'N' word) because it is all part of Pryor's 'jive' and would be poorer without it.
Watch this and see a master at the top of his game.
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