The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)

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Richard Pryor is a Star Wars bartender, a spaghetti western anti-hero, the U.S. President, Mojo the Snake Handler and a serviceman visiting Club Harlem.


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Episode credited cast:
Himself / U.S. President / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty 'Satin Doll'
Sam Laws ...
Big Time Blazes Henry
Al Alen Petersen ...
Construction Worker
Thalmus Rasulala ...
Richard's friend


At the Star Wars bar, a bartender from Earth tries to explain baseball and Hank Aaron to one of his bizarre customers. A spaghetti western anti-hero ends up with too much anti- and not enough hero. The U.S. President proffers inoffensive double-talk at a news conference until the reporters bring up racial issues. A construction worker with a secret sings "I Gotta be Me." Mojo the Snake Handler proves even crazier than you'd expect from someone in his line. Two servicemen in the 1940s visit Club Harlem, one of them to propose to his old sweetheart, who is now a successful nightclub singer. Written by J. Spurlin

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The original cold opening featured Pryor telling the audience that he had not given up anything in order to have a network TV show. When the camera pulls back, Pryor is revealed to be naked but his genitals are removed. NBC ordered the opening to be deleted and it was replaced with the "Star Wars Bar" sketch. A shot of a shirtless Pryor from the deleted scene is shown after the opening sketch. See more »


[first lines]
Star Wars Bartender: Baseball, ugly. Baseball. Remember Hank Aaron? He hit 714. This is the ball he hit it with. Yeah, I know Garbink hit 4000. But he had a laser bat!
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Take the 'A' Train
Composed by Billy Strayhorn and Joya Sherrill
Performed by Paula Kelly
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