Please click the links to read my reviews of Eddie Murphy’s Delirious and Raw. (It might be slightly unfair to compare Pryor with Murphy, but I haven’t reviewed a lot of stand-up comedy, and I like to provide reference points for my readers).
Synopsis: Smartass in fire engine-red suit talks about getting barbecued.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “If Richard Pryor were accused of being the funniest man in America, this film of his incredible stage act would be Exhibit A. It is proof beyond the shadow of a doubt!”
What Did I Learn?: Americans stopped having sex when Reagan was elected President.
You Might Like This Movie If: You still think Richard Pryor would have made the perfect Han Solo.
Really?: I have to wonder if Gene Wilder honestly believed that prison sex was 100% consensual.
Rating: Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip is an enjoyable 82 minutes of the late, great comedian telling stories and offering profanity-laced insights on life. Not all of Pryor’s act is funny, and some of it is a tad self-indulgent, but he has some interesting and remarkably honest things to say about drug abuse and the time he was nearly burnt to a crisp. It’s worth watching. 8/10 stars.