Rain Pryor

American Actress and Comedienne; Daughter of Richard Pryor; Author, Jokes My Father Never Taught Me
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Travels From: Maryland
 
Rain Pryor is a dynamic speaker, award winning actress, singer, comedian, two time award nominated author, and daughter of the late legendary comedian Richard Pryor.

Pryor's current show/performance/expose, “Pryor Experience, a Jazz/Blues Comedy Cabaret,” is a musical tour de force that recently headlined the world famous Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore Maryland.

Pryor has been performing as a Jazz/Blues vocalist since 1993, having played to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, DC, Hong Kong, Scotland and London where she released a live Jazz/Blues performance CD Rain Pryor Live in London. Her live cabaret received 4 stars and was critically acclaimed "...not to be missed."

Pryor initially made her television debut in 1989 as a series regular, T.J., on the hit ABC series “Head of the Class”, a character adopted from Pryor’s own monologs at the request of ABC producers during her second audition.

Pryor starred for several years opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave, as “Jackie,” the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening, and has additionally guest starred on network television series such as “The Division” and “Chicago Hope”. She has appeared numerous times with Jay Leno, as well as The Late Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Tavis Smiley.

Her stage credits include playing the title role of Billie Holiday in the UK tour of the “Billie Holiday Story” and the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premier of “Ella, Meet Marilyn.” She has performed in the Los Angeles production of Eve Ensler's, “Vagina Monologues,” with Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live fame and Charlene Tilton, “Cookin' With Gas,” with the Groundlings improvisation troupe, “The Exonerated” with critically acclaimed actor Aidan Quinn, and, “The Who's Tommy” at the La Jolla Playhouse.

“Fried Chicken and Latkes” is Pryor's award winning solo show based on her life. It is a funny, irreverent and, poignant look at racism in the late 60s early 70s. She created and wrote the show and added some of her own original music and lyrics to the production. Pryor was a Los Angeles Times "Critics Choice" and her singing voice and sense of timing were hailed as rare gifts.

“Fried Chicken and Latkes” played to sold out crowds and standing ovations every night at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA, and repeated that success at the Culture Project in New York, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and Scotland. She never wanted to fill her father’s shoes, nor simply mimic genius, yet she continues to honor his legacy and draw inspiration from the ingenuity and creative breakthroughs. In homage to her dad and being the first ever father-daughter team to both have headlined at The Comedy Store - Rain took to the stage built for her dad and wowed the crowd last year and repeated the feat by performing at the Comedy Store in LaJolla. She likes to say "This ain’t my daddy’s stand-up - I am my own person up there" - "If you’re looking for Richard Pryor, ya better go rent a video!"

In 2005 Pryor became a Multiple Sclerosis Ambassador. Her platform is the education of care partners and friends of those with MS. She has helped to raise thousands of dollars for the National MS Society, and supports MS research by advocating on Capitol Hill.

Growing up Black and Jewish gives Pryor a unique perspective on race, religion and spirituality. She shares her views and has led panel discussions on diversity in education and in the entertainment industry at Princeton University, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore. In her 2006 book
Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Pryor discusses what it was like for her to grow up black and Jewish.

Most Requested Topics:

  • Having a Parent with MS: Pryor is an MS Research advocate. She has spoken across the country and abroad on living with a parent with MS and how to be a good care partner. She has supported research and participated with the National MS Society on Capital Hill to advocate for MS.
  • How to Live an Authentic Life: Author of the two-time nominated book, Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, And Loss With Richard Pryor, Pryor gives a sobering and motivating talk on how to live your life authentically by forgiving and healing yourself.
  • Living Diversity - Growing Up Bi-Racial: Growing up African American and Jewish in the late 60s early 70s gives Pryor a unique perspective on the issues of diversity. In this keynote speech, Pryor discusses the era of racial extremes and the America of today. Pryor also speaks about her experiences growing up Black and Jewish, including the similarities and how to bridge these communities together.
  • The Art of Solo Show Performance/Acting & Standup Comedy: An NAACP award-winning actress for her solo show "Fried Chicken and Latkes" and daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor, Rain Pryor gives fun and unique workshops on how to prepare and perform. Her successful acting classes in Baltimore led her to teach a Master Class in the art of solo show performance and preparation at Charms City's premier school for the arts, Baltimore School for the Arts.