RICHARD PRYOR

I AM

 

What I'm
saying might be profane, but it's also profound.” 

RICHARD PRYOR

SYNOPSIS

I Am Richard Pryor tells the story of the legendary performer and iconic social satirist, who transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humor to America's stages and living rooms until his death at 65. Featuring an iconic comedic cast, historians, activists and artists who provide a unique brushstroke into the complex world of Pryor. The film dives deeply into the psyche of a comedic genius whose mother was a prostitute, father a pimp, and grandmother a madam. Pryor dispensed a penetrating comedic view of African American life - essentially comedy without jokes - that struck a chord with audiences of every ethnic, social and economic disposition. 

CAST SUMMARY

COMEDIANS

Michael Epps

Comedian/actor; at one time slated to play Richard in a Weinstein biopic; friend to Richard

 

Lily Tomlin 

Comedian/actress; performed with Richard on television

 

Tiffany Haddish

Comedian/actress; inspired by Richard

Sandra Bernhard

Comedian; made her TV debut on The Richard Pryor Show

 

Howie Mandel

Comedian/actor/television personality; comedic style influenced by Richard

 

Jimmie Walker 

Comedian/actor; performed alongside Richard

DIRECTORS

Michael Schultz

Director; made more films with Richard than any other director including Car Wash, Which Way is Up, Greased Lightning and Bustin’ Loose

Rocco Urbisci 

Emmy-award winning director; writer/producer who worked with Richard on multiple films and television shows

AUTHORS / WRITERS / HISTORIANS

Ishmael Reed

Author/writer/novelist; friend to Richard

 

Scott Saul

Historian/author of Becoming
Richard Pryor

 

Greg Tate

Writer, specifically on American culture and politics; refers to Richard as “the most profound comedian of the 20th century”; conducted in-depth interview with Richard and Jennifer

Dr. Todd Boyd

Recognized authority on pop culture; often commented on the influence Richard had not only on comedy but on the culture at large

FAMILY / FRIENDS / ASSOCIATES

Jennifer Pryor

Richard’s widow/manager

 

Ron De Blasio

Richard’s manager; producer of
Richard's albums

Henry Jaglom

Director; friend to Richard

Thom Mount

Film industry innovator/artist/writer; a legendary “baby mogul” who was named president of Universal Pictures at age 26; close friend to Richard