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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Richard Pryor,
This review is from: Richard Pryor: Live in Concert [Import] (DVD)
This is not only the best of Richard Pryor but could well be the finest example of stand-up comedy ever recorded. You can see the influences of Lenny Bruce, Redd Foxx and Bill Cosby in the creation of the stories that Pryor tells. In turn, you can see how closely subsequent comedians, particularly Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock, have modelled their performances on those of Richard Pryor. Live in Concert is a great film recording of a perfect stand-up performance.
5.0 out of 5 stars There has never been a better performance!,
It's clear that NO other comedian in a live stand-up show can equal to "Richard Pryor Live in Concert". This was a rare magical night when everything went right. Amazingly, he put 100% plus into this comedy act and it shows!
Known for his observational humor, he takes on his family with respect, like the bit with his grandmother's funeral. In his act, he seems to show little more respect for women than some comedians do. Pryor pokes a lot of fun at himself, his wife and the law. While he has a huge stage to himself, he uses it for some very funny physical routines that warrant its use.
He brilliantly takes on the voices of many characters and furthermore, he interjects the voice and thoughts of his dogs, and monkeys and he even takes on the voice of internal pain if you are not in shape. He also becomes the voice of body parts, such as the hilarious words from his heart (the organ while experiencing a heart attack.) It is funny to hear him when, vocally, he imitates the "white person."
He doesn't display the angst many of black comedians do, that is why his humor works for many! Yes, there is profanity, but he is NOT as disgusting or crude as so many others. Like most comedians of his type, there are always the sex routines.
To say this is funny is an understatement. It is hysterical with nonstop laughter throughout. Some routines are his fear of swimming, running to be in shape, the Chinese stutterer, in the woods, boxing, and his role as a parent, that classic bit when he finds his kid in a lie.
This 1979 90-minute performance is a classic! It's easy to see why Pryor is a major influence on the best comedians around....(...)
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (VHS),
By A Customer
This video was one of the funniest stand-up video's I've ever seen along with Eddie Murphy 'Raw'. He makes some really good points about guys that say screw girls all night and crazy parents the beat the hell out of the kids (he's got personal experience). He also makes some racial jokes which you'll only be offended by if you ain't got no sense of humour. His impression's are great so he bring's alive the character's he's impersonating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest single stand-up performance EVER filmed,
With all due respect to the person who said that the CD version was better than the original. Let it be kniown that the CD was a recording of a different concert on the same "Wanted" tour.
In any event, I feel the video is much funnier than the CD, because we can see those classic expressions. A lot of Richard's comedy is visual. This is without a doubt, his finest work.
This is Jimi at Woodstock. This is Reggie Jackon in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.
The best ever at HIS BEST EVER.
GET THIS VIDEO!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Stop Laughing!,
This is by far Richard Pryor's best taped concert. I saw it with my college roommate for the first time. He had already seen it, and he was laughing at me because I was laughing so hard that it literally brought tears to my eyes!
Then I bought the tape a few years later and watched it with my wife. She was laughing so hard that she missed most of the dialogue the first time around. She had to watch it again to catch what she had missed.
It's Richard Pryor at his rudest, crudest best-talking about his squirrel monkeys, run-ins with the police, heart attacks, drug use, sex, hunting and being an amateur boxer.
If you want to laugh your ... off, get this tape! It's hilarious!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pryor At The Top Of His Powers,
If you've only seen his Hollywood films, you have not seen the real Richard Pryor. Mining his own life for his material, he takes death, sex, and race head-on--and makes you helpless with laughter while he does it. There isn't a false note anywhere in this performance. Before you declare Chris Rock (or anybody else, for that matter) a comic genius, you better see this movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars that's no dog.,
My favorite parts of this movie are the ease with which Richard gets into the heads and talks about animals, from the monkey to the dogs and the horses and the dog that comes over to help richard mourn the loss of the monkey and leaves telling him he's going to chase him again tomorrow. He gets very personal in terms of drugs and heart attacks and its very funny in a somewhat warped way. Also quite touching. They say Richard set the stage for Eddie and chris Rock and all of them, and this is true, good, self-deprecating and funny standup stuff. The funniest I've ever seen Richard Pryor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stand-up comdey performance!,
This is quite possibly the finest piece of stand-up comdey ever captured on film. Richard Pryor is at his absolute best, and the material is identifiable, thought provoking, and most of all, uproariously funny. The first fifteen or twenty minutes is an incredible outburst of energy, and will have the viewer laughing out loud almost non-stop. Pryor is great at turning everyday occurances into something everybody can laugh at, and even painful moments can transform into material. There are not enough words in the english language to adequately describe how funny this performance is, and I have personally seen it nearly 10 times. The language is strong, but this really does not diminish or distract from the material itself.
My only observation may be that the negative reviews have all been for the DVD copy, which evidently is not up to quality standards. This is certainly not the case with the video cassette version, and I can only recommend that this edition be purchased. All other reviews have been 5/5 stars, and the poor quality DVD edition should be taken off the market until it can be remastered.
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius,
This is the greatest stand-up performance I've ever seen. The jokes are brilliant and the impersonations - from dogs to deer to stuttering Chinese waiters - are spot-on funny. But like all truly great comedy, the jokes spring from a deep well of humanity. Only a genius can make you laugh at his own heart attack, cocaine addiction and unhappy childhood. This is comedy with more depth and emotion - and sheer comic talent - than anything I've ever seen before. I would never again watch any of those dreadful films that Pryor made (eg. The Toy, Stir Crazy) but I have watched "Live in Concert" many times. It is a work of genius. The funniest stand-up ever !
5.0 out of 5 stars great film,
to really understand the genius&legacy of richard pryor then you have to hear and see his stage show.he takes on many topics and do them all justice.he is the king of comedy&stage.
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