Rain Pryor is a director, Producer, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, activist, dynamic speaker, mother, and lead a successful season as Artistic Director of the Strand Theater in Baltimore MD.
Pryor is a headlining stand-up in her own right, and is not the drop it's like it's hot kind. She fills her own shoes where stand-up is concerned and is not trying to be her iconic father Richard Pryor. Her comedy attracts surburban housewives and their husbands, making them fall in love with her ability to open up her life and talk real talk. She has featured regularly in Baltimore MD with good friend Mickey Cucchiella, Marc Unger. Pryor and Cucchiella are in development of many projects. The Baltimore Sun chose Rain as one of 3 area comics to watch for.
"Fried Chicken and Latkes" is Pryor's award winning solo show based on her life. It is a irreverent and poignant look at racism in the late 60’s early 70’s. Rain completely wrote and created her show including adding some of her own original music and lyrics to the production. Rain was a Los Angeles Times "Critics Choice" and her singing voice and sense of timing were hailed as rare gifts. NY Times "Critic Pick" and reviews say "..she has an outsized presence built for Broadway."
"Fried Chicken and Latkes" played to sold out crowds and standing ovations every night at the 375 seat Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA, and repeated that success at the Culture Project in New York, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and Scotland. "FRIED CHICKEN AND LATKES" is currently running OFF Broadway 2012-2014.
Growing up Black and Jewish gives Rain a unique perspective on race, religion and spirituality. She shares her views and has lead panel discussions on diversity in education and in the entertainment industry at Princeton University, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore.
"Pryor Experience", Jazz/ Blues Cabaret is an irreverent comedic musical tour de force, that headlined the world famous Hippodrome theater in Baltimore Maryland.
Pryor has been performing as a Jazz/Blues vocalist since 1993,having played to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, DC, Hong Kong, Scotland and London. Her live cabaret received 4 stars and was critically acclaimed "...not to be missed." Pryor initially made her television debut in 1989 as a series regular, T.J., on the hit ABC series Head of the Class, a character adopted from Pryor’s own monologs at the request of ABC producers during her second audition.
Pryor starred for several years opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave, as Jackie, the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening, and has additionally guest starred on network television series such as The Division and Chicago Hope. She has appeared numerous times on both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as The Late Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Tavis Smiley.
Rain’s stage credits include playing the title role of Billy Holiday in the UK tour of the Billie Holiday Storyand the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premier of Ella, Meet Marilyn. Rain was teamed up with award winning UK Soap actress Sally Lyndsay. She’s performed in the Los Angeles production of Eve Ensler's, Vagina Monologues, with Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live fame and Charlene Tilton, Cookin' With Gas, with the Groundlings improvisation troupe, The Exonerated with critically acclaimed actor Aidan Quinn, and, The Who's Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Don't forget to check out Pryor's two time nominated book Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life, Love and Loss with Richard Pryor.