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. Read More >
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.
Awards & Nominations:
- 2008 Marin Services for Women Founders Award (recipient)
- 2007 NAACP Image Award, Best New Author Biography (nomination) - Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life, Love & Loss with Richard Pryor
- 2007 African American Literary Awards (nomination) - Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life, Love & Loss with Richard Pryor
- 2005 NAACP Theatre Award, Best Female Performer Equity (recipient) - Fried Chicken & Latkes
- 2005 NAACP Best Original Playwright Equity (nominated) - Fried Chicken & Latkes
2005 Invisible Theatre's Goldie Klein Guest Artist Award (recipient) - Fried Chicken & Latkes
2004 Los Angeles Ovation Awards, Best Solo Performance (nominated)
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