Thursday, October 02, 2008
Black, White, Jewish & Funny
I don't know about you all, but the first person I think of when talking about famous daughters who are Black, White and Jewish, is Rebecca Walker, daughter of scribe, Alice Walker. Probably because Walker's first memoir is actually titled, Black, White and Jewish.
But there is another child with a famous parent, who is also Black, White and Jewish... and she's funny. I'm talking about Rain Pryor, the daughter of comedian Richard Pryor and a Jewish mother. As is expected of Hollywood tots, Rain Pryor penned a tell-all memoir, Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, but it is her award-winning stage show performances where she really explores her mixed heritage. "Fried Chicken & Latkes" was her first show about her childhood and now she's performing, "Pryor Experirence" which kind of picks up where Fried Chicken & Latkes left off. A brief description of the Pryor Experience:
"Rain Pryor [performs] a jazz inspired cabaret featuring her signature comedic interludes. Pryor brings a sharp wit to fundamental questions of race, faith, and identity. Her work draws upon her experience growing up in Beverly Hills as the daughter of a prototypical Jewish mother and the legendary African American comedian Richard Pryor, whose unflinching humor and tumultuous lifestyle brought joy and turmoil to the family. In The Pryor Experience, Rain satirically reworks her take on Jewish and African American culture, while delving more deeply into her relationship with her father and newly born daughter, Lotus Marie."
Rain Pryor will be performing in Philadelphia this weekend (Sat & Sun.)at the Painted Bride Theater. If you can't make it or don't live in the area, check out Pryor's website for her tour schedule.