Mike Epps, George Lopez & Many More To Appear In New Richard Pryor Documentary

(AllHipHop News) If you are a fan of Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy, or practically any other stand-up comedian from the last 30 years then there is one man who deserves a lot of credit for inspiring and providing a blueprint for the careers of those popular comics. The legendary Richard Pryor is probably your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.

Epps, along with other famous comedy performers like Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Mel Brooks, and George Lopez, will pay honor to Pryor in the new Showtime documentary Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic.

The feature was directed by Emmy winner Marina Zenovich who previously directed Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor, and his son, Richard Pryor Jr, were also involved in the project. Ms. Pryor served as a producer for the film along with Food Revolution‘s Roy Ackerman. Richard Jr. appears on camera to speak about his father.

Along with the celebrities’ personal reflections on Pryor’s role in shaping modern comedy, the documentary will also feature never-before-seen photos, concert footage, and television appearances of the icon.

Richard Pryor’s significant place in comedy history cannot be denied. The Emmy and 5-time Grammy Award winner was named the greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central. He was also the first person to receive the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1998.

It was Pryor’s candid and fearless comedic style that changed the way future comedians would approach the art of stand-up. Whether it was tackling his own personal demons like drug addiction or addressing social ills like racism and poverty, Pryor would openly touch on taboo subjects and include every part of his life into his routine.

He also helped establish that a black comedy actor in a leading role could be a major box office draw with his hit films Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, The Toy, and Brewster’s Millions.

His mainstream success led to a then remarkable $4 million contract to appear in Superman III which was a million dollars more than the salary of the movie’s star Christopher Reeve.

Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr is quoted saying that Pryor is “the single most reason for us making it in this business. He made it possible for [black entertainers] to be in this business on equal terms.”

Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23rd, and then its television debut will take place May 31st at 9 pm EST on Showtime.

You can watch a NSFW video of clips from some of Richard Pryor’s stand-up and listen to his classic 1982 comedy album Live On The Sunset Strip below.

  • DollasTX

    epic. The Absolute GREATEST to ever do it … Bill Cosby running a close 2nd!!!

  • Romia Blue

    Unfortunately this dude didn’t get his just due in life; he nor Redd Foxx. Eddie blessed us with an on screen piece of comedic history! I feel like watching Harlem Nights right now.
    “You didn’t have to shoot that old lady in the foot”
    “That was bullsyt. She had a razor and she was gonna cut me. I usually kill people for shyt like that”
    “Vera whooped your a$$. And if it wasn’t for that gun she’d STILL be whoopin your a$$”

  • 7yoyo7

    Richard Pryor is the KING OF COMEDY. His jokes were real funny and raw as fcuk. He inspired most of our current comedians.

    He also opened doors for many other comedians (like Robin Williams, Tim Reid, John Witherspoon, Paul Mooney…) who made great careers as well.

    Watch The Richard Pryor Show roast, THAT IS A CLASSIC ROAST.
    Not my generation but real recognize real.

    (Personally my 2nd favorite comedian is George Carlin “Religion is bullshit” lol).

    • paul mooney wrote for richard do your history

      • 7yoyo7

        I know that, they even talk about it in the roast. But most of his reputation he made was off the work he did with Richard Pryor.
        Not saying that his work with Richard Pryor is what made him famous but his stand-ups/acting are nothing to go crazy about…

        But thanks Sherlock!

      • Paul Mooney is funny….even when he’s not supposed to be!

    • ^^This…including George Carlin

  • Lamarr Lewis

    Kevin hart is a joke people

  • rich blue

    JoJo Dancer aka Richard Pryor aka the G.O.A.T. I’m 43 years old and vividly remember my mom and aunts playing pitty-pat, cigarette smoke and “Thats Niggers crazy” playing while I sneakingly sat on the steps, holding my mouth trying not to get caught listening to him do his thang. we had at least 7 of his albums.. Although a lot of his material went over my head one joke always stuck out…even til this day, the wino meeting dracula, is still one of the funniest routines I have ever heard.. lol.. ” you wanna suck what?” “what you some kind of a freak boy”? lol. “I hope you catch sickicle”?…lmao.. Big Blue.. respeck.

    • steven dabney

      Shit is funny. One of my fave bits from Pryor. “I hope you catch sickle cell!”

  • MuthaFuka Jones

    Not watching it if Paul Mooney isn’t involved in it.

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  • Hope to see Paul Mooney & Dick Gregory in it…b tight

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