Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip Reviews

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DrStrangeblog
Super Reviewer
August 16, 2015
Pryor occasionally drops philosophical during this concert performance in 1982, particularly when recounting his experiences in Africa. The highlight is definitely his ability to find humor in telling the story of how he incinerated himself when freebasing coke and paints a scary/funny picture of the devilish power of addiction.
April 19, 2013
Not Pryors Best...but a pretty damn good stand up show. One of the few Richard Pryor made into a major movie event. If you want to get someone into Pryor's comedy I wouldn't start here, I'd go with his 1979 stand up movie or Here and Now from 1983.
August 4, 2012
One of the greatest stand-up performances ever.
December 7, 2012
Want to see it! Will have to take into account!
September 9, 2012
An unadulterated look at Pryor and how he defined stand up comedy how we know it today.
July 2, 2012
There are some good laughs to be had in this concert film, however...I did find that he had more misses than hits in this one. Richard Pryor is funny, but he has a hard time staying consistent.
April 23, 2010
Touchingly truthful and often funny. He starts a bit haphazzardly, jumping all over the place, but eventually gets going after an average Mudbone. The highlights for me were the relationship he had with his cocaine pipe and his recovery after badly burning himself.
May 7, 2012
Was such a funny guy! I remember listening to the tape of this back in the 80's.
½ May 3, 2012
Richard Pryor just makes me laugh, even in bad movies I still find him amusing. This isn't the best stand-up film I've seen, but it is still quite funny. Pryor is open and honest about his own issues and pokes fun at them. This a must for Pryor fans. Check it out!
April 4, 2012
Richard Pryor's 1981 stand-up special is great, tons of laughs from one of the best comedians to ever take the stage, who also doesn't hold back when it comes to his own misfortune. He is able to laugh at his infamous freebasing incident (in which Pryor caught on fire while freebasing cocaine and ran down the street in flames) and other sordid details of his own life. Not that he only pokes fun at himself, he has plenty to say in this special on several subjects, definitely recommended.
February 16, 2012
never realized just how funny richard pryor was. gotta watch more of his stuff. jebus
½ November 26, 2011
gold standard comedy (new genre)
½ November 19, 2011
In 1982 Richard Pryor was damn lucky to be alive. After setting himself on fire freebasing cocaine we could have easily lost one of the best comedian of my generation. Live on the Sunset Strip was more or less a come back for him even though he wasn't necessarily in top form. It's quite apparent that the incident had left Pryor a bit shaken & he seems a bit nervous being on stage again. That is until he gets honest about his addiction & the mishap that almost cost him his life. It's comedy w/ pathos & for a shining moment Pryor is @ his best. He's definitely @ his most real. Should have been called Richard Pryor Alive & Kickin
July 6, 2011
Not Pryors Best...but a pretty damn good stand up show. One of the few Richard Pryor made into a major movie event. If you want to get someone into Pryor's comedy I wouldn't start here, I'd go with his 1979 stand up movie or Here and Now from 1983.
June 9, 2011
Brilliant concert. Maybe the best I've ever seen. Pryor is hilarious, and yet spends a great deal of time talking about his own personal issues, like being addicted to drugs and setting himself on fire. Never seen anything like it.
½ May 24, 2011
Jesus that was dark.
February 6, 2011
I saw this in the theater when it came out in Charlottesville, VA. Funny stuff. Just watched it again and nearly 30 years later it is just as funny. This is the stand-up I recall of Pryor's. Some funny stuff.

I love the way this filmed. Great access. This is a document Pryor at his height.
October 9, 2010
The funniest comedian of all time at the top of his game
½ September 15, 2009
Richard Pryor aint dead yet!
½ August 15, 2009
Classic Pryor at his peak...
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