“That was some hell of a psychology, right?”
Richard Pryor discusses oversexed monkeys, nonchalant nurses, peeing in the woods, and boxing with Muhammad Ali.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Richard Pryor Films
- Stand-Up Comedy
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, to watch this live concert film is to see “a comic genius at work.” Pryor is uninhibited and raunchy, yet manages to reveal deep-seated “pain, fear, anger, and concern for his race”. Pryor’s routines weren’t always funny (I’m thinking in particular of Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin’, a 1985 film release of a 1971 performance which should never have seen the light of day), so this uniformly brilliant snapshot of his career shouldn’t be taken for granted. Among the many enjoyable segments are Pryor explaining how he got arrested for shooting his own car; describing nurses’ nonchalance while collecting pee from their patients; and reminiscing about beatings from his grandmother (!). Watch and enjoy.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Pryor’s inimitable physical humor on stage
Yes. This is one of the few “must see” stand-up performances on film.
- Historically Relevant
- Noteworthy Performance(s)