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Wizard of Comedy
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
With this CD, Richard Pryor demonstrates that an ill-spent youth can yield comedic gold. He introduces the audience to the characters he encountered as a boy in the after-hours clubs of Peoria, Illinois--Black Irma, with h... more »
With this CD, Richard Pryor demonstrates that an ill-spent youth can yield comedic gold. He introduces the audience to the characters he encountered as a boy in the after-hours clubs of Peoria, Illinois--Black Irma, with her 280-pound butt; the pimps known as Smoov and Cold-Blooded; Pryor's shifty childhood chum Weasel; Torsy the cop; and so on. A grade-school production of "Rumpelstiltskin," with all the characters voiced by Pryor, is the highlight of the disc, showing a sweeter side than usual. The Wizard of Comedy is a solidly funny effort; Pryor's debt to Bill Cosby is evident throughout (on "Heart and Brain," among others), but the more theatrical, more versatile Pryor went places Cosby never dared, or wanted to. --Michael Gerber
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Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 02/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Usually, Pryor's recordings for the low budget Laff records in the late 60s and 70s (as opposed to his more legit records on Warner Bros) are cheapshot affairs that are poorly edited and recorded, not often with the best of his material (such as Who Me I'm Not Him, Supern----r, Black Ben The Blacksmith, Are You Serious, Holy Smoke, etc.). This is different. Almost a comic opera of sorts about his youth and neighborhood.
The "Rumplestilskin" piece is important as Pryor has said that appearing in this play as a child changed his life. Black Erma would later evolve into Big Bertha on "Craps Afer Hours" and the Churches/Sweet Songs/White Protestants routines would later be crystallized into "Our Text for Today" on his other classic "Is It Something I Said." Enjoy.