Here’s a sweet Weekend Watching for you comedy fans:
Showtime airs a new Richard Pryor documentary, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, tonight at 9 p.m. EST.
You might be wondering why we’ve added yet another Richard Pryor documentary to the shelf, and Pryor’s fourth and seventh wife (the man married five women over seven marriages), Jennifer Lee Pryor, tells Rolling Stone she wanted to make sure at least one of them didn’t portray him as “the guy that said m***** f***** all the time.”
There’ve been a lot of pseudo documentaries. E! True Hollywood stuff that was never satisfactory to Richard or myself. Very superficial, instead of something that was in depth and authorized by the estate. People think about Richard in terms of cocaine, the fire, women. And indeed it is sensational, but there was much more to him. He was an artist, and he had a lot of struggles and challenges in his life, starting from childhood.
Jennifer Lee Pryor played an instrumental role in the documentary, teaming up with Roy Ackerman as an executive producer. Emmy-winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired) directs the film, and explains how it
For Richard, you have to omit the logic because of the way he was raised. He didn’t have a normal life – he was raised in a brothel, his mother was a hooker, and his uncle and dad were pimps. That makes you see the world in a completely different way. I think he had very different rules.
The 84-minute documentary features commentary from Pryor’s wife and son, Richard Pryor, Jr., as well as bob Newhart, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams.
“It reminds us just how daring and dangerous artistic freedom can be.”
Omit the Logic made its world debut at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival to fairly favorable reviews (though, most critics noted it wasn’t nearly long enough to do Pryor’s life and career justice). Watch it tonight and decide for yourself.