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Richard Pryor - Live in concert [DVD]

Richard Pryor , Patti LaBelle , Jeff Margolis    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Lee
  • Directors: Jeff Margolis
  • Writers: Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney
  • Producers: David Permut, Del Jack, Hillard Elkins, J. Mark Travis, Jeffrey Chernov
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002475ZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,950 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Recorded live at the height of his powers in 1978, this concert shows fast-talking comedian Richard Pryor at his crudest, foulest best. From vibrators to randy monkeys, police dogs to jacking up, Pryor runs the gamut of outrageous and taboo topics, including events in his own life like his heart attack... and the time he got drunk and blasted his wife's car to pieces with a .44 Magnum.


Though Richard Pryor: Live in Concert was recorded (and released) in 1979, it took 25 years for the DVD to finally get a UK release. And, while it's tempting to look for a conspiracy involving Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy, who could have used their influence to delay this release for fear of the world realising where they got their schtick, the reality is this DVD was worth the wait. Not only has the entire concert been restored and remastered, they've also included a whole heap of extras. There's some footage of some of Pryor's early stand-up (hard to believe that the potty-mouthed comic started out as tame as Bill Cosby), footage from Pryor's doomed-from-the-start television show (an ill-thought-out prospect, really, considering the conservative nature of American TV) and a biographical booklet. So, it's definitely a value-for-money DVD (especially when you consider the relatively short running-time of the main feature).

Of course, the star of this show is the original feature: Richard Pryor's full stand-up routine, recorded live in the 1970s. With his star firmly in the ascendant, Pryor was on fire, and his performance soon became a comedic legend. His style is casual and conversational--fundamentally, he's an excellent storyteller, and he has a knack for finding comedy inside of tragedy. At the time, his raunchy subject matter and use (some said "overuse") of, ahem, naughty words came as quite a shock to audiences, but Pryor went on to influence dozens of comedians to follow (in the process, becoming the highest ever paid comedian by the end of the 1970s). Richard Pryor: Live in Concert is a legendary performance by a legendary comedian, and an essential touchstone for modern comedy. --Robert Burrow

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny 27 Mar 2006
I don't have the DVD, but I have the original televised concert taped. It was unbelievable. I absolutely peed myself laughing. He was a fantasitc storyteller. The stories about being disciplined by his dad and grandma were hilarious. When he talked about his stepmothers funeral, he reminded us that awful things in life still have the power to make you laugh. But the absolute best bit was the sex at the end. There will never be anyone bigger or better than Richard Pryor. RIP
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNIEST COMEDIAN EVER !! 10 Mar 2006
By Karl
I have seen many stand up comedians but by far pryor is the best and out of all i think this is his finest performance. and from then on black comedians like eddie murphy jamie foxx chris rock and so on have tried to perform like him.He brings his life and past on stage for all to see and makes it funny.In my eyes if u wanna laugh BUY this dvd u wont be dissapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't find anything like this any more... 22 Oct 2007
I first saw this on TV sometime late at night on channel 4, as a tribute to his memory, and I'm surprised i didn't wake everyone up laughing!
No-one can argue that Richard Pryor isn't funny if they haven't seen this first. Put plainly, Richard Pryor is both amusing(to say the least)and enthralling in his mixed style of comedy and storytelling. The woods part is my favourite! Snake!
Look, I'm only 15 (yes, I know, I'm not old enough) but my friends don't really take me seriously when I say that the stuff you'll hear today, like Peter Kaye and Lee Evans, just don't compare to the comic genius of this man. All I can say is: Buy it. Watch it. Enjoy it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 1 Jun 2004
Although some of his films (Stir Crazy and Hear No Evil... in particular) hint at the comedic genius of Richard Pryor he is funniest in stand-up, and until the release of this DVD there was precious little available on Region 2 DVD.
Is it offensive? Well, I'm not offended by it, and while I can understand that some people might be, they're not the type of people who would impulsively purchase this DVD, so what the hell? And anyway, no-one (not even Bill Cosby if you believe Eddie Murphy) is going to stop Pryor saying what he wants to say of stage, and that's what makes this material so great. People who have been turned off by other comedians who take this approach need not fear Pryor, however. Whereas Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison and George Carlin might be too in-your-face for some, this show is every bit as thought-provoking as anything done by these three without ever provoking anger or outrage.
Most importantly, the material is funny. Very funny indeed. So funny that by the time you've watched it all you will probably be in pain. You can't remain in any way dignified when watching Pryor at work, so don't even try - just laugh until you drop.
Make no mistake, Pryor is at the very top of the Premier League of comedians and, at a time something as banal and mediocre as Peter Kaye is considered cutting edge stand-up, we need this stuff more than ever.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Master at his best 20 Aug 2006
While the past few decades have seen the emergence of many comedians who spit out swears and graphic subject matter with reckless abandon, precious few have taken offensive subject matter and turned it into something intelligent and entertaining at the same time. Denis Leary, Bill Hicks, and Dave Chappelle come to mind when I think of such a select group, but Richard Pryor may well have towered over them all. And 1979's Richard Pryor: Live in Concert may have been his definitive document.

This 90-minute standup DVD sees Pryor giving a manic, imaginative, occasionally profane performance that had the audience in the palm of his hand from beginning to end. Pryor was a master impersonator with a vast pantheon of characters and voices. Pryor didn't just talk about his subjects, he became them. He acted out every person (lady in the wood taking a pee - ha,ha), every story, and every idea to the fullest extent possible, constantly blurring the line between real and make-believe. Jokes about animals quickly gave way to spot-on imitations, whether of the inner thoughts of Dobermans/ Great Danes or of his pet monkey's illicit sexual activities (NEEP, NEEP- ha,ha..).

There are also plenty of brutally honest stories about Pryor's life with his father, ranging from his father's death in mid-coitus ("he came and went at the same time"), to the one time Pryor stood up to his old man ("It wasn't really a fight, but I did the best I could"), and their time hunting together ("I hated being the dog"). Pryor's honesty and insightfulness come out in plenty of other places too, from his troubles with the law "Cops dont shoot cars; They shoot Nig-cars" to his heart attack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic DVD 24 Oct 2006
By Dave B
This is one fantastic dvd Richard Pryor is a legend, this is the most funny stand up concert i have ever seen, well worth getting and its cheap aswell , worth every penny, if you want a good laugh then get this and hear things about he pet monkey and his gran. cool dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard pryor a comedic phenomenon...... 22 Dec 2006
Richard pryor's performance is astonishing he has to be the greatest comedian in our era and definately needs to be acknowledged, if you are a stand up fan and want to see a true comedic genius at work and laugh till you cant laugh no more, buy this dvd or you'll die without ever seeing the greatest and funniest comedian ever to grace us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Pryor at his best!!
What can I say - excellent fun and though dated to the time, laugh out loud moments and he's on top of his game! A must buy for any fan - if you already haven't brought this? Read more
Published 2 months ago by happy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased. Terrific
Bought. For. Gift was so very. Pleased. Terrific
Published 3 months ago by carol riley
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
one of the best stand up shows i have ever seen i remember seeing this years ago and finding it hilarious and i bought it again and it is safe to say a constant stream of laughter... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday night beer and DVD
Very funny, but not for the easily offended! I'd seen some of this on the TV but it's great to watch again.
Published 9 months ago by Adrian Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
It doesn't matter how many times I watch this there is always something that Pryor says or does that I'm seeing it for the first time and laugh at to tears - he was one of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm a massive Richard Pryor fan and I have everything he's ever done! Very funny after a days work ..
Published 18 months ago by The Truth Speaker
5.0 out of 5 stars classic comedy
excellent product worth a buy give it a go. i would recommend it as it and it was excellent value for money
Published 19 months ago by tompasp
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Stand Up show Ever
there are a lot of comedians today who do very big stand up shows that fill out arenas but none of them can keep you continuously laughing for 90 minutes straight. Read more
Published 19 months ago by sherman31
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy God
This is without doubt the finest standup performance of all time, Richard Pryor's films and routines made him a comedy god but this concert alone set him apart from everyone else,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Fatneck
5.0 out of 5 stars Pryor Commitments
If you even vaguely like stand up comedy, you should get this, it is regarded by industry insiders, other comics and true fans of genius as one of the finest, groundbreaking shows... Read more
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