SiriusXM to broadcast three “lost” Richard Pryor albums as part of a new tribute to the comedy legend

SiriusXM will honor the late Richard Pryor with three new weeks of special programming dedicated to the late star, including a new audio documentary and the exclusive broadcast of three recently discovered stand-up albums by the legendary comedian.

“Richard Pryor: Still Outrageous” starts Monday, May 21, 2018, on SiriusXM Comedy Greats (channel 94).

Fans will hear Pryor’s entire discography, all remastered, one album each day at 9 a.m. ET from May 21 through June 8.

That’ll include the first time the public will hear three live recordings of Pryor concerts.

On Friday, May 25, SiriusXM will premiere “Live at the Roxy,” recorded inside the famous West Hollywood nightclub in 1976. The following Friday, June 1, will debut “Live at Casa Comedia,” recorded in 1982 during a three-month residency at the club. The third album, “Live at The Ice House,” features material Pryor was working on before recording the special “Here and Now,” from the comedy club in Pasadena.

Pryor’s family recently uncovered these albums while going through his old storage units.

“I’m always excited to share Richard’s comedy with his fans,” said Jennifer Pryor, Richard’s wife. “When we cut open the box containing this lost footage – literally using bolt cutters to break the lock – I was overjoyed to find all of this new material, and instantly knew we had something special. I’m so glad SiriusXM is paying tribute to the Original King of Comedy and making these albums available to millions of listeners.”

Plus, on Friday, June 8, Ron Bennington will host an original doc, “Richard Pryor: A Life in Comedy,” showcasing the likes of his wife, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Louie Anderson, Sandra Bernhard, Patrice O’Neal, Jay Mohr, Howie Mandel, and many more sharing their insights on his legacy and how he impacted them personally. The doc will premiere on the Comedy Greats channel that morning, then re-air on Raw Dog channel 99 at 2 p.m. ET and Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio channel 96 at 8 p.m. ET.

“Richard Pryor is an American legend,” said Jack Vaughn, SVP of Comedy Programming, SiriusXM. “He broke down barriers during a tumultuous time in our history, blazing a path for some of today’s biggest stars. We’re proud to honor his brilliance with a three-week tribute, and are thrilled Jennifer has entrusted us with his archives that we can offer exclusively to SiriusXM listeners.”

Sean L. McCarthy

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