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.
As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.
This is Comedy from the Best, not an Historical Thesis on Race
You know Mooney's got it going when folks walk out, and most of the reviews pay scant due respect to the comedy, while arguing about Mooney's historical accuracy. Although I think he was occasionally factually off-target,why does that matter so much? The man is a brilliant comedian, and one of the finest American story-tellers currently working. He should be a national treasure. Just because "Know Your History" happens to be part of the title, doesn't mean Mr. Mooney has become an academic. Thankfully, he never was, and never will be.
I just don't understand why Paul Mooney evokes such responses in people. It's not as if he has continually slagged any particular race. He's always willingly spread his wicked wit among any and all deserving targets. In this show by the 40 minute mark, he had insulted about every ethnic group I could think of--finishing up with Australian Aborigines. Maybe it's his absolute fearlessness, and complete willingness to skewer deserving people that other comics fear to take on.
Relax, lighten up, and enjoy this unique talent while he's still with us.
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