The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4

Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)

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Richard Pryor is a Chinese chef, a wino, El Neggro, a ranch owner, a survivor of the Titanic and Santa Claus. The cast roasts him. Charlie Hill tells jokes.


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Episode credited cast:
Himself / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stu Black
Marlene Clark
Argus Hamilton ...
Leroy Lambert Jr.
Titanic Survivor
Charlie O'Donnell ...
Announcer (voice)
Neil Thompson
Rocco Urbisci ...
Young Burt Sugarman


Richard Pryor is a chef in a Hitchcock-like Chinese food commercial; a wino encountering Mr. Hyde; the Zorro-like El Neggro; a cowardly ranch owner; a survivor of the Titanic; a customer in a gun shop who can hear the stories the guns have to tell; and a drunken Santa Claus. The cast roasts Pryor, mocking him for the show's low ratings, his womanizing, his predilection for white women and the ex-wives who have to hold their meetings at Dodger Stadium. The American Indian stand-up comic, Charlie Hill does his act. Written by J. Spurlin

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What if there had been 10 episodes?
26 June 2011 | by (The ATL) – See all my reviews

The summary on episode 1.4 actually should say Japanese Hibachi Chef instead of "chinese chef." I wonder sometimes how much different this show would have been had they actually done the full contracted 10 episodes. Richard had a very talented cast and the sky was the limit for them. The 4 shows had great music, skits, pathos, satire, and near constant social commentary. I guess even if he had tried he would never had done ten shows simply because his fights with NBC over content would have proved too cumbersome for him to handle. But it could have been even better than it already is. It takes everything one step further than even Flip and other comedy shows were allowed to and was clearly influenced by NBC's other classic comedy show, SNL. The things he didn't touch (yet!) like sci-fi, car races, etc. were probably just around the corner. Instead TV was too small to contain him and so he went Hollywood and the rest is history.

For those interested, his best work is quite possibly the audio CD recording of "Is It Something I Said" (1975). I was 11 when I bought it and my parents took it away from me after we all laughed our butts off the first time I played it!

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