The Bocchetti Files features comedian Mike Bocchetti talking one-on-one with his friends and fellow comedians about whatever crosses his mind. He’s spoken with Colin Quinn, Dave Hill, Matt Walsh and others. This week, Mike talks with director, producer, writer, actor, activist and stand up comedian Rain Pryor. Rain is an incredibly talented artist and performer, and she also is the daughter of one of stand up comedy’s greatest performers of all time, Richard Pryor. Rain is currently starring in her own award winning one woman show, which she created and wrote, Fried Chicken and Latkes. You can catch the show now through June 28th in New York City at the National Black Theater. Opening night is this Thursday, June 11.
Mike Bocchetti: Rain how long have you been a stand up comic for?
Rain Pryor: I have been doing stand up for about 6 yrs now. I am still a baby with drool, shit and all.
Mike Bocchetti: What was it like growing up as the daughter of the late great comic icon Richard Pryor?
Rain Pryor: My dad was an amazing man and strict father. Most people don’t know, but he came to all my school shows as a kid. Watching him as a performer was magnificent because his truth was his art as it is for us, his kids.
Mike Bochetti: When you became a comic and actress what advice did your dad give you ?
Rain Pryor: Dad wanted me to be standup when I was 18. I thought he was crazy. He said tell your truth. That’s what I do now. I tell my truth in characters and stories.
Mike Bocchetti: How do you deal with political correctness we have in comedy today ?
Rain Pryor: I don’t deal with it. I go for what needs to be said and sometimes it lands, but in Jersey, not so much. Lol.
Mike Bocchetti: What do you think your dad would think of the current state of comedy?
Rain Pryor: I believe he would think ain’t no one speaking their truth, but everybody wanna copy someone else’s.
Mike Bocchetti: Is there anyone that you would love to work with as a comic or actress you haven’t worked with ?