Richard Pryor Career

Richard Pryor's comedy career was inspired by Bill Cosby and in 1963, the comedian Richard Pryor moved to New York and he started to perform in night clubs a stand up comedian. Richard Pryor's stand up comedy shows were performed on the same stage as Bob Dylan or Woody Allen.

In 1967, Richard Pryor was cast in a minor role in his first movie The Busy Bod and in 1968 Richard Pryor appeared in two more minor roles in "Wild in the Streets"and Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales. After that, the comedian Richard Pryor started to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show, two of the most succesfull variety shows at the time.

First Appearance

Richard Pryor first appearance as a stand up comedian was in the opening act for Bobby Darin at Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and in 1969, the controversial comedian Richard Pryor walked off the stage in the middle of a stand up comedy show at Aladdin.

After that, Richard Pryor went to Berkeley, California and hanged out with various counterculture personalities, like Black Panther Huey P. Newton and Ishmael Reed.

In 1970 Richard Pryor signed with Laff Record, a record company comedy oriented and Richard Pryor 's second comedy album was recorded in 1971. Richard Pryor's comedy album was titled Craps (After Hours). In 1971 was the premier of Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show Live and Smokin'.

Live and Smokin' is Richard Pryor's first stand up comedy show, but the comedian's first stand up comedy show that was filmed is the 1979 Live in concert stand up comedy show.

In 1972 Richard Pryor's first film appearance took place in the documentary Wattsat and in the same year, the comedian played the part of an drug addicted piano player in Lady Sings the Blues. Richard Pryor's movie Lady Sings The Blues was the movie that really got the attention of films critics.

That Nigger's Crazy

In 1974 was released Richard Pryor's comedy album "That Nigger's Crazy", after the comedian signed with a bigger record company : Stax Records.

That Nigger's Crazy album was the comedian's breakthrough album, but because of some legal issues with Laff Records, Stax Records briefly closed its doors and Richard Pryor signed with Reprise/Warner Crose. Reprise/ Warner Brose re-released Richar Pryor That Nigger's Crazy after comedian's first album with this label "Is It Something I Said?"

In 1974 Richard Pryor won a Grammy Award for "Best Comedy Recording" category for "That Nigger's Crazy" and the same year, Richard Pryor won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

In 1974, the comedian also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award and the next year,in 1975 Richard Pryor won another Grammy award at "Best Comedy Recording" category, for Is It something I said?

In 1976 Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder appeared together in Silver Streak movie that was box office hit and in the same year Richard Pryor won his third Grammy award at "Best Comedy Recording" category, for Bicentennial Nigger.

In 1977 Richard Pryor played three different characters in Wich Way is Up and the same year, the comedian , who developed his career as actor, played in Greased Lightning, the part of the first Afro-American stock car racing campion.

Writing for TV shows

In the 1977 the Richard Pryor Show had the premier on NBC, while Richard Pryor wrote for television show Sanford and Son. The Richard Pryor Show was cancelled after only four shows.

The reason The Richard Pryor Show was cancelled was the fact that his comedic style was to controversial for that time and the comedian dind't accept to modify any of his comedy material.

In 1978, Richard Pryor was cast in Blue Collar drama, along with Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel and also in 1978, Richard Pryor was cast in the movie that retold The Wizard of OZ with all African American cast, playing a keyrole in "The Wiz" along with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Visiting the "motherland"

In 1979, Richard Pryor went to visit the "motherland" , Africa, and at his returning the comedian swore never to use again the word "nigger" in his stand up comedy shows and in the same year,1979, was the premier of Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show "Live in concert" .

Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show Live in concert was the comedian's first stand up comedy show that was filmed. Richard Pryor's DVD Live in concert was released on 16th of September 1998.

Richard Pryor's  Live in concert was filmed at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach.In 1980 Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder reteamed and were cast in Sidney Poitier comedy Stir Crazy. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder Stir Crazy was a hit, earning over $100 million.

In 1981 Richard Pryor won his fourth Grammy award at "Best Comedy Recording" category, for "Rev Du Rite" and in 1982 was recorded Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show Live on the Sunset Strip, and was released on audio the same year. Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show Live on the Sunset Strip was released on DVD in January 2000.

Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show Live on the Sunset Strip was comedian's fourth stand up comedy show and was a hit in the boxoffice. In 1982 Richard Pryor's video Live on the Sunset Strip brought the comedian his fifth Grammy award at Best Comedy Recording category.

Also in 1982, Richard Pryor was cast in several films, Some Kind of Hero , along with with Margo Kidder and The Toy with Jackie Gleason and the same year Richard Pryor also won the NATO Entertainer of the Year Award (National Association of Theater Owners).

Here and Now

In 1983, Richard Pryor's part in Superman III brought the comedian $4 million , more than to the Christopher Reev film's star and in he same year was the premier of Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show Here and Now.

Here and Now is Richard Pryor's fourth stand up comedy show that was released on film. Richard Pryor's  Here and Now was written, directed by and starred Richard Pryor.

Richard Pryor stand up comedy show Here and Now was released on audio support in 1983 and on DVD in January 2002.In 1984 Richard Pryor hosted a children's show called Pryor's Place, which was aired on CBS, but Richard Pryor's show was canceled shortly after its debut and two years later,in 1986, Richard Pryor played in his autobiographical film Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling.

In 1989 Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor See No Evil, Hear no Evil movie had the premier, being directed by Arthur Hiller, and the same year , Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy were cast in Harlem Nights, along with Redd Foxx.

In 1992 , Richard Pryor won the Lifetime Achievement Honoree for the American Comedy Awards and in 1993, the comedian won CableACE Best Entertainment/Cultural Documentary or Informational Special.

In 1996 the great comedian Richard Pryor won the NAACP Hall of Fame Award and the next year, in 1997 was Richard Pryor's last movie appearance was a small role in the film Lost Highway.

Richard Pryor - The godfather of modern comedyIn 1999, Richard Pryor was awarded with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and that makes Richard Pryor was the first performer to win that prize from John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Final TV appearance

In 2000 was Richard Pryor's final episodic television appearance on an episode of The Norm Show, where the comedian had a small role as one of Norm's clients and the same year, all of Richard Pryor's albums at Reprise and Worner Bross were remastered by Rhino Records and were included in the box set: And It's Deep Too!

The Complete Warner Bros Recordings (1968-1992).In 2002, Richard Pryor won the legal rights from Laff , for all the material and in 2004 the comedian Richard Pryor gave Rhino Records access to those tapes.

In 2003 was released Richard Pryor : I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!, a documentary including performances of Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle or Denis Leary. In 2004, Richard Pryor was voted #1 Stand-up Comedian of All Time on Comedy Centrals list.

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