Comedy Legends. Barry Cryer. Copyright: 3DD
Comedy Legends

Comedy Legends

  • TV documentary
  • Sky Arts
  • 2018 - 2021
  • 40 episodes (4 series)

Barry Cryer pays tribute to the heroes of comedy he has worked with. Also features Tim Brooke-Taylor, Steve Punt, Clive Anderson, Stephen Armstrong, Tony Hawks and more.

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Series 2, Episode 3 - Richard Pryor

This week, Barry Cryer takes a look at the life an career of one of the most influential stand-up comics of all time, Richard Pryor, who collaborated with Gene Wilder in four films including Stir Crazy and Silver Streak.

Further details

Comedy Legends. Richard Pryor. Copyright: 3DD

Pryor started his career in New York City clubs, performing alongside Bob Dylan, Woody Allen and Nina Simone. He worked past his initial bouts of performance anxiety to find his niche as a counterpart to the safe, middle-brow comedy that was utilised by artists like Bill Cosby at the time, and instead take an edgier approach and work profanity into his act.

His success saw him break through into television and film, co-writing Blazing Saddles with Mel Brooks and partnering with Gene Wilder in a range of popular films including 1980's Stir Crazy.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 30th October 2019
Sky Arts
60 minutes


  1. Thursday 25th August 2022 at 10:00pm on Sky Arts

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 5th November 2019 10:00pm Sky Arts
Wednesday 15th April 2020 10:00pm Sky Arts
Wednesday 22nd April 2020 12:00am Sky Arts
Tuesday 21st July 2020 12:00am Sky Arts
Monday 27th July 2020 2:15am Sky Arts
Wednesday 14th April 2021 10:00pm Sky Arts
Thursday 23rd June 2022 10:00pm Sky Arts

Cast & crew

Barry Cryer Host / Presenter
Steve Punt Self
Stephen Armstrong Self
Tony Hawks Self
Neil Norman Self
Jo Caulfield Self
Guest cast
Richard Pryor Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Lyndy Saville Director
Lyndy Saville Producer
David Byrne Executive Producer
Jack Oliver Executive Producer
Dominic Saville Executive Producer
Ashley Hall Edit Producer
James Burt Editor
Cosmo Hildyard Director of Photography
Nicholas Stylianou Director of Photography

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