Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

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Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
Film Poster for Richard Pryor Live in Concert.jpg
Directed byJeff Margolis[1]
Produced byStephen Blauner
Hillard Elkins
Del Jack
William Sargent Jr.
J. Mark Travis
Written byRichard Pryor
StarringRichard Pryor
Music byPatti LaBelle
CinematographyTom Schamp
Edited byDaniel J. Johnson
Ken Johnson
Steve Livingston
Elkins Entertainment
SEE Theater Network
Distributed bySpecial Event Entertainment
Release date
January 1979
Running time
78 minutes[1]
Box office$15.8 million[3]

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert is a 1979 American stand-up comedy film starring Richard Pryor and directed by Jeff Margolis.[1] Pryor's performance earned him a 5th place nomination for the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor.


The film was shot in Long Beach, California[1] on December 10, 1978, it was produced and distributed independently and the first full-length, feature movie consisting of only stand-up comedy, often hailed as one of the seminal and most influential recorded stand-up performances of the modern era.[citation needed] Eddie Murphy has called it "the single greatest stand-up performance ever captured on film."[4]

In her review of Richard Pryor Live in Concert, Pauline Kael commented, "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."[5]

A double album released in 1978 entitled Wanted: Live in Concert was recorded at other dates during the same tour, and features much of the same material included in the film.


Recipient(s) Award Category Result Ref(s)
Richard Pryor National Society of Film Critics Best Actor (5th place)
(tied with Klaus Kinski for Nosferatu the Vampyre and Roy Scheider for All That Jazz)
Nominated [citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Maslin, Janet (February 16, 1979). "Richard Pryor Live in Concert (1979) Film: 'Pryor in Concert':Mime and Mimic". The New York Times.
  2. ^ David Permut: By Permut Only Movieline Staff (December 1, 1992). "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert". p. 2.
  3. ^ Richard Pryor: Live in Concert, Worldwide Box Office. Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  4. ^ This is a quote from the "Eddie Murphy & Byron Allen interview", an extra on the DVD version of Eddie Murphy Delirious.
  5. ^ Kael, Pauline (1991). 5001 Nights at the Movies. New York: Henry Holt and Company. p. 628. ISBN 978-0-8050-1367-2.

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