Richard Pryor ...Here and Now

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Richard Pryor
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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83 min

Richard Pryor will

make me laugh until I cry.

- I love his humor.

- He can make anything funny.

He hits home.

After all, that's why I'm here,

'cause of the people.

It's not something that was made up

in some agent's office.

Tell the world

go out and see Richard Pryor.

The man is phenomenal.

He's the best comedian

I've ever seen.

He's the best in the north,

south, east and west.

I've never seen him in person,

but I'm gonna see him tonight.

I wanna laugh till it hurts.

He's live, always live.

They pull for me to do well.

You know, I feel it.

- I admire his courage.

- He's an artist.

- He's like being at a party.

- It's like he's telling the truth.

- I like everything about Richard Pryor.

- I don't like him. I love him.

- Hey, he's just the most, man.

- I think he's the comedian of the '80s.

What can I tell ya? He's the most

from coast to coast. Richard is.

Richard Pryor!

There's something in me

that's dying to express itself.

The changes are so immense.

It has to do with the work.

- What kind of sh*t you handing me?

- Sign it.

F*** is it? I don't know

what you handing me to sign.

What the f*** it say on there?

Champagne list? I ain't signing

for no goddamn champagne.

Here. You take this sh*t, boy,

and you stuff this up your ass.

I ain't signing it.

I'm an old man.

I know about things.

And I know I ain't

signing sh*t now.

I'm up here trying

to earn some money, boy.

I'm working hard.

For all these people, son.

You know what?

You remind me of--

You know--

Do you know Junior Shore?

You any relation toJunior?

You his nephew, ain't ya?

You see, I remember

when you was little.

You, Sarah Thompson--

Yeah, that was you.

You, Sarah Thompson,

son of Poole...

was over there in that car

in the junkyard.

You boys

had her panties down.

Didn't you? I remember you was

f***ing on each other.

I'm the one

that told you don't do it.

Remember that?

I made you leave that girl alone...

'cause she was young

and pretty too.

And she was sweet.

Breasts smelled like Carnation milk.

- What's your name, boy?


- What?


That's all?

You brought your big ass

all the way back there...

and all is your name is Joe?

Goddamn it.


F*** it. I thought your name would be

Kunta Kinte or something.

It's a great gift

to be able to laugh.

I remember when I was 20,

I used to could f*** all day.

Quick, but all day, right?

Excuse me. Pop! Thank you.

Excuse me. Pardon me, miss.

And I'm sober.

I'm not doing drugs.

That's a damn good


See, I stopped drinking. I haven't

had no drugs in five months, man.

For real. Nothin', right?

People applauding

knew me when I did drugs.

''Boy, are we glad.''

I'm ahead.


We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

We want Richard!

Ladies and gentlemen...

the two most beautiful words

in the world of comedy...

Richard Pryor!


Good evening.

How you doin'?


Glad you come this evening.

Why are there people

in the aisle?

Listen, these people, sh*t,

done snuck in, f***ed with your seats.

Oh, boy. What's happening?

How you doing, white person?

This man got eight drinks.

He's gonna--

Sit your ass down.

What happens--

You go out and the lights was out,

and you went out to get some sh*t.

Now you don't remember

where you were sittin'.

'Cause he see the people,

come back like this.

How's our baby?

How you doin'?

I'm happy to be here

in New Orleans. I really am.

This is a beautiful theater. What?

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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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