Who’s Afraid of Richard Pryor’s Sneakers? continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing “Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip,” Pryor’s now classic “concert” film wherein he prowls the stage of the Hollywood Paladium for
82 remarkable minutes, gleefully riffing on the
roller-coaster turns of his tumultuous personal life (including his cocaine
addiction and self-immolation) while effortlessly embodying a multitude of
characters, in particular his guilt-tripping friend Jim Brown and the grizzeled
sidewalk philosopher, “Mudbone”. Sidesplitting and enormously touching, Pryor
and his foulmouthed poetry were embraced by audiences across the board.