Comedy Legends. Barry Cryer. Copyright: 3DD.

Comedy Legends

Sky Arts documentary series presented by Barry Cryer. 20 episodes (2 series), 2018 - 2020. Features Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Steve Punt, Clive Anderson and others.

Series 1, Episode 5 is repeated today at 10pm.

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

Date
Wednesday 30th October 2019
Time
9pm
Channel
Sky Arts
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
James Burt Editor
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