Richard Pryor

The Wizard of Comedy

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These live performances date from the late 60s or early 70s--before Pryor's material began to focus so strongly on racial issues. Of course, Pryor was funny even before he started using the N word in his album titles, and he's certainly funny here, albeit in an unexpectedly laid back way. The best bits here include a riff on White Protestants (he's sympathizes with them because they have nothing to blame their failures on), a conversation between a heart and a brain (the brain has been naughty), and a convincing explanation of why you can't get into heaven with straight hair. THE WIZARD OF COMEDY is classic stand-up comedy as only Pryor can do it.

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