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As others have said, this is the best stand-up performance ever recorded. It sounds like an exaggeration, but it's not. Pryor is a comedic genius, and you can see his influence in every comedian since. He sets the standard. His facial expressions, acting abilities, delivery, etc., are all top-notch, and he can make even mundane topics such as walking through the woods pee-your-pants hilarious (in fact, he spends a long time talking about the woods, which is a bit puzzling, but hey, it's funny). He also covers completely unrelated topics such as dogs, drugs, family life, boxing, and sex... all the while being hysterically funny. The guy is amazing, and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys stand-up comedy.
Richard Pryor is without a doubt one of the best stand-up performers to ever
grab a mike, because he breaks the performance wall, and just has a
conversation with the audience, which is rare for a comic to do. He talks
to the audience, and involves them in the show, and the things he talks
about on stage are not really jokes, but his retelling of certain life
events that he has had, and you get the feeling that you would be hearing
the same thing if you were just sitting alone with him in a room, and that
is what makes his comedy so good, that conversational quality. No other
comic that I can think of has done that with such a level of success that
Pryor did...he was a real natural.
As far as profanity goes, Pryor doesn't use it to shock, he just talks that way naturally, and so the cursing doesn't stick out that much. Still, if you're easily offended by such language, then avoid it, but you are only robbing yourself of seeing a legend working his magic.
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
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.
This was the first time a stand-up comedian was filmed doing his act,
and most people predicted that it would fail. Bill Sargent had the idea
of filming Pryor's act, but since most of the industry thought it would
flop, they had trouble getting anyone to distribute it, so a few
mavericks in the industry distributed it themselves. It was cheap to
make, all the profits would be gravy, and the men who made it believed
that people would respond to Richard Pryor's act. Video was just coming
out and would soon be a force, and Pryor was at the top of his game,
and the gamble paid off. Now we take for granted watching stand-up
comedy on TV and everywhere else, but at the time bringing a comedy
routine to the big screen, especially one as raunchy as Pryor's, was
considered a huge risk.
But Pryor is on fire in front of his audience. He's honest and raw, and doesn't pull any punches. And because of that you'll laugh so hard your gut will bust. But when you watch this film it is of interest to realize that at the time it was filmed there was no "Def Comedy Jam." There was no Bill Cosby "Himself." That all came after this. Richard Pryor and a few daring producers brought this genre to life with this one act, and had it not been so incredibly good, it might not have become the money making and entertaining part of the industry that it is today.
When you watch this you can know you're watching the first and the best.
Most of the time, 99.9% of the time, I find comedy embarrassing and corny. No doubt this is because comedy is the hardest thing to do. Therefore if it is so hard, a lot of people are going to fail. And a lot of people do. You need to be intelligent to really be funny. Once again not many people are all that smart either. To give you an idea of some things I find funny: I like David Letterman but not Jay Leno. Find South Park and the Simpsons amusing and think 'The Office is one of if not the funniest things on television ever. In my opinion 'Live In Concert' is the greatest stand up comedy performance of all time. Add this to the list of things you MUST see. Pryor has got it all, voice and the way he uses it, facial expressions, acting ability, intelligence. One of the best things I notice about his style is that you are never aware when he has moved on to the next joke. The transitions between jokes are as good as the jokes themselves. This is something that the best speakers have, the ability to move from one topic to the next so that the listener is not aware of the transition. This is achieved by the speakers ability to relate topics.
Genius! I remember seeing this years ago and being knocked flat with
laughter. It is and remains a classic in the comedy concert film genre.
Richard Pryor is the King of Comedy and all he needs is a mike, a stage,
an audience to give one of the great comedy performances ever recorded in
the history of celluloid.
But this isn't just stand-up comedy. This is theater. Richard Pryor is a badass one man theater troupe. This flick is ground breaking in the fact that is has influenced so many comics and will continue to do so. His name is Richard Pryor. Hear him roar!
Now I can see where Eddie Murphy got his material from. Richard Pryor
most been the best stand up performer in the world. He talks about
everything sex, drugs , animals and many more.
In my opinion we never gonna see anything like this again because Pryor delivered the funniest and most high class comedy ever. To me hes the greatest and truly a Legend so go out and buy this DVD and enjoy 1 hour and half stand up that has it all.
PS : If you can, watch the over stand up performance :
Here and now and Live at the sunset strip!
Catch this Legend in action while you still can NO one comes close I guarantee you!
I am 34 year old and i was 6 years old when this concert was filmed in
1979,i saw it as a little boy and countless times until this day,i am
so lucky to have been born in Richards Generation to have had the
opportunity to witness this man come on stage with all of his
imperfections and personal problems and share it with me and the rest
of the world in a way where it makes us laugh.
Thinking about the loss of Richard Pryor makes me want to cry because i feel like he was someone i knew personally,thats the effect Richard Pryor had on everyone that watched him pro-form on stage,he broke the color line,even thought he is clearly a African American man,Richard Pryor made people of other races so comfortable listening to jokes revolving around race and social status.
I know there are other comedians that are great in their own right but the truth be told,Richard Pryor is and will always be regarded as the Best comedian that ever lived and this concert is the performance that proves that very fact.
RIP Richard,thank you for the laughs and joy and now the sadness you brought us all,we will never ever forget you....
Despite the thousands that have stepped on to the comedy stage, many regard
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert as the greatest stand-up show of all time.
Live and on fire, this is Pryor at his finest ~ a unique opportunity to
understand why comics and comedy lovers call him the godfather of modern
comedy. Whether he's talking about his bout in the ring with Mohammed Ali,
or recounting tales of snorting cocaine off the dining room table in front
of his grandmother, Pryor is the heavyweight champion, playing off tragedy
and humour in a way that few others have ever dared.
This is f@ckin hilarious !!
Apparently this is going to be released on a UK DVD soon. Cant wait !!
This is one of the very first taped stage comedy of Richard Pryor. Shot in Long Beach, California in 1970's, Richard Pryor's Live in Concert is one of the all time greats. Pryor's comedic style comes out like fire in this comedic stand up. From his antics about sex and nature, to his wild and crazy comments about "white people," Pryor is amazing. Entertaining and true, it is a stand up comedy for the ages.
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