Richard Pryor is Born
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.
Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar, and profane language and racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important stand-up comedians: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession"; Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years."
Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' is the first stand-up act of Richard Pryor to be filmed out of the four that were released in total. This film was filmed in 1971 but not released until 1985 on VHS. This was the first stand-up act that Pryor did before he hit the mainstream audience. With only 48 minutes of footage, it is the shortest of Pryor's stand-up routines.
…Is It Something I Said? is the fourth official album release by Richard Pryor and the first he released on a new contract with Warner Bros. Records, a label he remained with for the rest of his recording career.
The album is notable for being the recorded debut of Pryor's character of Mudbone, an ancient, apparently well endowed (given the infamous "...and it's deep too!" line in "Mudbone - Little Feets") and almost immortal black senior citizen.
In 1976, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording.
The album was the first Richard Pryor title to be remastered and reissued on compact disc. The album appears as part of the …And It's Deep Too! box set, with a bonus track, "Ali" (that first appeared on Richard Pryor's Greatest Hits) appended to the album.