It appeared as though Richard Pryor could do no wrong in the late 70's, as evidenced by such strong comedy albums as 1976's ARE YOU SERIOUS?, but behind the scenes, Pryor's life was spiraling out of control due to dangerous cocaine addiction that nearly cost him his life around this time. But you'd never know that personal demons haunted him during this period, as he offers another impressive set of comedy bits and social commentaries that stick with you long after you've finished listening, as Pryor proved that he was still at the top of his game. Pryor reflects upon his life as a youngster growing up in a whorehouse (!) and a rather unsuccessful (and ultimately, brief) enlistment in the U.S. Army. Pryor is at his best on the individual standouts "Virgins," "Leroy," "Bad Breath," "Hillbillies," and "Deodorant." ARE YOU SERIOUS? continued Richard Pryor's winning streak of hilarious comedy albums.
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