For many, stand up comedy reached its highest expression one night in December 1978, at a theatre in Long Beach, California. In a performance of such authority and control it will astonish anyone who only knows him from his movie roles, Richard Pryor channels searingly candid autobiographical tales of pain, hurt and humiliation into gales of hilarity.
The screening will be proceeded by a half hour set performed by stand up comic Dino Archie.
"Probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films. Pryor had characters and voices bursting out of him ... Watching this mysteriously original physical comedian you can’t account for his gift and everything he does seems to be for the first time." — Pauline Kael
"I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a stand-up act, and I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much about comedic influences in one sitting." — Michael W Phillips