Richard Pryor: Live in Concert This concert has little to offer visually — the colors are muted and the setups basic — but as a snapshot of a comic mind… Richard Pryor: Live in Concert This concert has little to offer visually — the colors are muted and the setups basic — but as a snapshot of a comic mind…
DVD Review

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 2006; DVD Release Date: Aug 01, 2006; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Comedy; With: Richard Pryor

This concert has little to offer visually — the colors are muted and the setups basic — but as a snapshot of a comic mind at its peak, Richard Pryor: Live in Concert is thrilling. This is Pryor's first released stand-up film, and he kills from the get-go, riffing hilariously (and vulgarly) on race, sex, and family with a frisky physicality that has him soaked in sweat for most of the act. Pryor's troubles with the law and drugs were already hounding him — a bit about shooting his own car is classic—but like an alchemist, he turns his guilt, anxiety, prejudices, and pain into uproarious comedy. EXTRAS None.

Originally posted Jul 28, 2006 Published in issue #889 Aug 04, 2006 Order article reprints