One of comedian Richard Pryor's live performances (at the Sunset Strip, obviously) caught on film. Pryor talks about most of his standard subjects, including rascism and the differences ... See full summary »
One of comedian Richard Pryor's live performances (at the Sunset Strip, obviously) caught on film. Pryor talks about most of his standard subjects, including rascism and the differences between blacks and whites, along with talking about some of his recent film roles. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
The film was edited together from at least two performances. The chief giveaway is the constantly changing length of the black handkerchief in Pryor's jacket pocket. See more »
I went to penitentiary one time, not me personally, but me and Gene went there for a movie. "Arizona State Penitentiary" Population: 90 percent black people. But there are no black people in Arizona, they have to bus motherfuckers in!
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I saw this a few weeks back on Comcast's "On Demand." On Demand usually offers independent films, old films or recent films that flopped. "Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip" is somewhere in between - it is older (released in 1982) but probably also flopped. It's not a very good indication of Richard Pryor's comedy - I've heard much funnier stuff coming out of his mouth in the past.
The whole project feels too "large budget" - from the grand opening to the camera work inside the place. It's all too glossy, polished and over-produced - sticking a camera on stage and just WATCHING Richard Pryor for an hour and a half would have been funnier.
On the other hand, this is still very funny. Pryor's funny no matter what - as a result I've rated this a seven (out of ten) but I can't help but imagine it could have been much, much better.
Worth checking out if you're a Pryor fan - otherwise, start out with some of his albums if you're not familiar with his comedy.
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