NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:39 PM
Rain Pryor’s show, “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” includes heartfelt material about her father’s struggles with drugs and multiple sclerosis.
She’s a quip off the old block.
The daughter of iconic standup comic Richard Pryor has a stage show of her own — though it isn’t all laughs.
Rain Pryor can nail a pitch-perfect impersonation of her father, comedian Richard Pryor.
Rain Pryor, who starred on the hit series “Head of the Class” in the late ’80s, is getting accolades for her autobiographical solo show, “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” about growing up as a biracial, half-Jewish child in Beverly Hills.
“I grew up in Beverly Hills and unfortunately, the one thing I didn’t realize at a young age … I didn’t know there were poor black people,” the actress told the Daily News ahead of her performance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City on Wednesday.
“My dad was a black rich man. So the concept wasn’t in my comprehension until I learned about history: ‘Oh, blacks didn’t always have a limousine driver.’”
Rain Pryor (l.) accompanies her father, Richard Pryor and sister Elizabeth (r.) before he is given the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1998.
She got a harsh lesson at the age of 6, when she heard the N-word directed at her for the first time.
“I didn’t know what it was. I knew it was something bad, so I grabbed the kid, bit him and called him a motherf—er, because he pushed me down and said this thing,” recalled Pryor, 46, whose mother is a blond, blue-eyed astronomer, Shelley Bonus.
Rain Pryor, who starred in the ’80s hit series “Head of the Class,” has followed in her father’s footsteps, in part, becoming an accomplished performer and cabaret singer.
“It didn’t matter that my dad was Richard Pryor. It mattered that he was black.”
Her father gets more than a cameo in her show, including heartfelt material about his struggles with drugs and multiple sclerosis and his death in 2005.
She also pays appropriate tribute with a pitch-perfect impersonation of the man Comedy Central rated as the all-time greatest standup comedian. “It’s great to talk to you on the phone, s–t,” she told a News reporter to laughter on both ends of the line.
But Rain Pryor also makes “Fried Chicken and Latkes” her own. And the accomplished cabaret singer will be belting out some tunes for the audience.
“A lot of solo shows about your life can end up being, ‘Poor me, pour me a drink,’” said Pryor, “and I didn’t want mine to end up that way.”
Tickets for Wednesday’s performance of “Fried Chicken and Latkes” run $ 35 for general admission and $ 25 for members, and are available at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s website, www.mjhnyc.org.