Richard Pryor is a diner who uses his food as foreplay; a caveman who discovers fire; Mr. Fixit; and Little Richard. A woman describes a lesbian encounter.


John Moffitt


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Pryor ... Himself / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Altman Robert Altman ... Weatherman (as Uncle Dirty)
Joey Camen ... White Guy Who Wants to Be Black
Jeff Corey ... Leader of the Dalton Gang
Bob McClurg Bob McClurg ... Man Ordering Fast-Food
Edie McClurg ... Award Winner
Kres Mersky Kres Mersky ... Lesbian in the Park
Charlie O'Donnell Charlie O'Donnell ... Announcer


Richard Pryor is a diner who uses his food as foreplay; a caveman who discovers fire; the silent comedy character, Mr. Fixit; the drunken Dr. Shanahan, forced to treat a member of the Dalton gang; and Little Richard. In Ward 8 we meet a policeman, a man ordering fast food, a Black radical, a stewardess, a weatherman, an announcer, a woman giving an acceptance speech, a ghetto mother demanding money, a shady politician, a wigger and a violent-tempered football player. A woman in a rooming house gives a conflicting account of a lesbian encounter. Pryor gives an angry monologue that the NBC spokesman smooths over. Later, he talks about children, their way of talking and the way they curse; the time his father demanded to know why he had a reefer in his pocket; the way hillbillies give directions; and the difference between white and black funerals. The cast improvises scenes about a woman who is unhappy with her hairdresser; crying schoolchildren; a Martian hitchhiker; and a stick-up at ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

27 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Richard Pryor: Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Richard Pryor.
NBC Spokesman: Due to technical difficulties, we cannot continue to bring you the audio portion of "The Richard Pryor Show." However, I am an NBC Spokesman. And I will be happy to tell you what Mr. Pryor is saying. I will now read from tonight's network-approved scripts.
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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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