The Very Dead But Forever Beloved Richard Pryor is Coming Out With a New Compilation Album Soon and a New Documentary
Gotta go to the bank, but I had to share this news before I left, from comedian Marsha Warfield‘s Facebook feed. No doubt, the CD is going to include this bauble, “When Your Woman Leaves You,” from Is It Something I Said?
Richard Pryor—great comedian, or greatest comedian ever? If you don’t have an opinion on that controversial question, perhaps it’s time for you to visit YouTube and learn some things about life, race relations, winos, and white people. (Just search “Richard Pryor” and spend the day.) The rest of us will perhaps be excited by this exclusive news: Shout Factory will release a huge new Pryor box set, No Pryor Restraint: Life In Concert, on June 11. The set includes seven CDs and two DVDs, including two hours of previously unreleased material—in addition to established classics like Bicentennial Nigger and Live On The Sunset Strip.
In addition to documentaries about Gore Vidal, Moms Mabley (directed by Whoopi Goldberg) and more showing at the festival a new project about Richard Pryor from his widow Jennifer Lee Pryor will make its debut at the highly respected film festival, with Jennifer Lee (who is also a producer of the film) calling it a “definitive documentary.”
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic is directed by Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired), who was given access by The Richard Pryor Estate to photos, and other materials such as the legendary comedian’s personal diary for the project.
A number of Pryor’s friends including Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones in addition to his family opened up for the project, which focuses on Pryor’s transformation from mild stand-up funnyman to popular and dangerous social critic.
Better check out the film festival lists in your part of the country, because it is bound to show up elsewhere after appearing at something as big as Tribeca.
- Richard Pryor Documentary Heads to Tribeca Film Festival and Showtime (essence.com)
- Richard Pryor Celebrated in BAM Film Retrospective, ‘A Pryor Engagement’ (atlantablackstar.com)
- Richard Pryor’s Most Fascinating Movie Is a 13-Minute YouTube Video (flavorwire.com)