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Are You Serious
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
Not Pryor's best, but it's still better than most standups' masterpieces. Profane and confessional as always, Are You Serious??? lingers on two key events in the comedian's life: his childhood in a Peoria whorehouse and a ... more »
Not Pryor's best, but it's still better than most standups' masterpieces. Profane and confessional as always, Are You Serious??? lingers on two key events in the comedian's life: his childhood in a Peoria whorehouse and a brief, aborted stint in the U.S. Army. Both are fertile comedic soil, and while the routines don't quite hit the manic heights Pryor's capable of, they are genuinely funny and provocative. His admiration for the childhood yarns of Bill Cosby is evident here, but Pryor's bits are more astringent. For fans, this disc is a worthy addition to Pryor's body of work. And everyone should hear his impression of being born at least once. It's utterly unique and shows why Pryor has attained "comedy genius" status. --Michael Gerber
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Greekfreak | Pusan Korea (South) | 12/02/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I won't lie to you--I was a little disappointed with this album, which was released much later than it was actually recorded (which was early in Richard's career, somewhere around the release of his first album; there's some overlap in material). But it's Richard during his cleanest hours, and it's still quite funny.In this outing, he relies more on long-winded anecdotes (played fairly straight), more slightly amusing than drop-dead hilarious, but my favourite bit is the 'Silk-on-silk healer', and especially 'Leroy.'I'd only recommend this album to completists rather than casual fans, but it still fits in nicely as a companion piece to his first three albums and the "Live & Smokin" video. By the time this was recorded, the best Richard Pryor material had yet to arrive."