Stand-up theatre performance about the greatest stand-up comedian of all time: Richard Pryor
In the 1970s, Richard Pryor gave a voice to a large group of Afro-Americans who at the time barely had a voice.
Pryor was the first to bring the world and the language of the street onto the stage, and he knew better than anyone else how to turn pain into humour.
He grew up in a brothel in the American Peoria, in an underprivileged family in an underprivileged place. As a stand-up comedian, however, he was so good that the establishment could not ignore him.
Pryor spoke frankly on stage about what happened to him in his life, from his traumas, excesses and addictions, to the racism he faced as a black citizen.
The way he dealt with his personal pain in his work, without even caring about the norms and codes in force, made him an innovator in the comedy world, and someone to whom the current generation of great comedians such as Chris Rock, Eddy Murphy, Louis CK and Dave Chapelle are indebted.
The Jazz quartet of Michael Varekamp plays live the music of Miles Davis, a friend and genius contemporary of Pryor.