Watch Early (1964) Richard Pryor Stand-up Routine - 3 Years Before His Career-Altering 'Epiphany'

From Shadow and Act Fri Dec 28 2012, 19:36:20

Some Friday fun! I thought this was really cool to watch. It's my first time seeing it, so I assume others haven't, thus I'm sharing. It's a 1964 Richard Pryor performance on Kraft Music Hall - a popular NBC variety show that ran from the 30s to the 70s. Pryor was just 24 years old here and very early in his comedy career - just about a year after he moved to New York City where he began performing regularly in clubs. As you'll see, the material was quite tame, compared to the Richard Pryor we all know and love. He was a fairly non-controversial comedian early career - initially leaning more towards Bill Cosby than the profane-heavy, at times vulgar...

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