Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip

Synopsis: One of comedian Richard Pryor's live performances (at the Sunset Strip, obviously) caught on film. Pryor talks about most of his standard subjects, including rascism and the differences between blacks and whites, along with talking about some of his recent film roles.
Director(s): Joe Layton
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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82 min

from you all.

You all want me to do so well.

I want to do so well for you.

But let's relax and enjoy...

whatever the f*ck happens.

'Cause I got my check.

I'm gonna tell you something.

I got so fuckin' nervous...

myself. Today.

I forgot what the f*ck I did.

I was at home. I said,

"I know I do somethin'...

'cause there's too many white folks

paying attention to me...

for me not to be in jail and shit."

I used to think

when I first started. I said...

"Maybe I ain't tunny

no more. You know.

Maybe I ain't angry at nothin'

tor real in my heart, you know."

I'd just say.

"I'm just not mad about it.

I don't get it. Motherfuckers wanna

kill yourselves. That's your business.

Just don't do it on my porch."

And it really takes a lot

to start workin' again on stage...

because then your mind ain't there

and your spirit...

and you're tryin' to go for it.

And greed is a bitch.

Greed says, "Go ahead and do it.

They offer you so much money...

and you're greedy."

And then your manager

is larger than anything, right?

He says. "But you're not like that.

You don't want to rip people oft.

You try and do the best...

and you go out there

and you make an ass of yourself...

embarrass your friends.

Hold your dick."

My greed does not exceed

my self-respect.

My greed is good. Though.

Greed is runnin'

a close motherfuckin' second.

When I'm asleep. Greed is workin'

on the self-respect somewhere.

"Say. Why don't you just do it

tor a little more?"

But I do a lot of shit now that

I never did when I didn't have money.

I didn't have the problems I have now,

like watchin' motherfuckers count it.

I must drive my accountant crazy.

I wake up at 3:
00 in the morning going,

"Hey. Man, what the f*ck?

How much is it?

Well. Prove it.

Bring it over."

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Richard Pryor

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. Pryor's body of work includes the concert movies and recordings: Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' (1971), That Nigger's Crazy (1974), ...Is It Something I Said? (1975), Bicentennial Nigger (1976), Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979), Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982), and Richard Pryor: Here and Now (1983). As an actor, he starred mainly in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), but occasionally in dramas, such as Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (1978), or action films, such as Superman III (1983). He collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder. Another frequent collaborator was actor/comedian/writer Paul Mooney. Pryor won an Emmy Award (1973) and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first-ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. He was listed at number one on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him first on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. more…

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