Vocally unrepressed stand-up Russell Brand pays tribute to perhaps the most venerated pioneer of comedic outspokenness and irreverence, Richard Pryor, who died in 2005, aged 65. Partly raised in his grandmother's brothel, Pryor would later imbibe his hyper-kinetic, expletive-rich and boundary-pushing stand-up act with experiences from his relatively unorthodox childhood. In 1980 he suffered burns to half of his body in a freebasing cocaine incident later revealed to be a suicide attempt. The programme features archive clips showcasing the goodnaturedly in-your-face star's massively influential persona - a hit on stage, film, television and record - and new interviews with those who worked with him. including comic actor Bill Cosby and writing partner Paul Mooney.
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