Rain Pryor

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Rain Pryor is a dynamic speaker, spokesperson, award winning actress, singer, writer, comedian and, a producer. Now that's quite a few hats to wear, but, they all fit and every one of them reflects her eclectic mix of Judaism and her African American roots. One of Rain mentors told her, "if you wait for the world to come to you, you will always be waiting - find what you want to do and go do it!" She is a woman who believes in constantly creating and inspiring others to do their best and wants people to know if you live simply, honor the truth, and follow your passion in life, dreams can come true.

Rain has a hit stage show that she performs called "Fried Chicken and Latkes" which is based on her life. It is a funny and poignant affirmation to remove the world of race and class and look at the human within. She has also headlined as a comedian at comedy clubs and the famous Comedy Store on the Sunset strip.

She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Film Rodio & Television Association and Actors Equity Association.

2007 Rain, was nominated for the NAACP Image Award, Best New Author Biography & the African American Literary Awards for her book Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life, Love and Loss with Richard Pryor.

2005 she was nominated for 4 NAACP Theatre Award, Best Female Performer Equity, Best Original Playwright Equity, Best Direction, Best Sound Design. Rain won Best Female Performer Equity.

Rain was also the recipient of the 2005 Invisible Theatre's Goldie Klein Guest Artist Award. In 2004 Rain was nominated for Best Solo Performance in the Los Angeles version of the Tony's called the Ovation Awards, after a highly successful run of her one woman experience "Fried Chicken & Latkes".

Rain 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; for the Women's Center Stage Festival. The audiences and the standing ovations just kept on coming as Rain performed her show all over the country in 2004 and 2005 including the world famous Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD.

Rain completely wrote, created, and co-produced 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.

Rain's work is never done she just came out with her first book "Jokes My Father Never Taught Me, Life, Love and Loss With Richard Pryor."

She speaks around the country on themes of Unity, family and Judaism, bringing a unique and touching story to her talks.

In addition, Rain is an MS Lifelines Ambassador. Her commitment to fight for a cure of Multiple Sclerosis has her hosting and speaking around the country to educate Family and Friends about MS treatment options and therapies, in honor of her dad.

Rain has been a working actor all her life who started on stage and made her television debut in 1989 as series regular T.J. on the hit ABC series Head of The Class. The character of T.J. was taken from one of Rain's characters that she presented to the ABC producers in her audition.

Rain, starred for several years opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave, as Jackie, the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening. She has guest starred on shows such as The Division, Chicago Hope ( with her father Richard Pryor) She has appeared in numerous independent features as well as Universal Pictures release of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the ground breaking Melvin Van Peebles Film, Panther.

2008 Rain can be seen in the feature film He's Just Not That In To You in the role of Amy.

Rain has performed in the Los Angeles production of Eve Ensler's, Vagina Monologues at the Coronet Theatre, Cookin' With Gas, with the Groundlings improvisation troupe, The Who's Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse; The staring role of Joan at the Globe Playhouse, Westside Story and Runaways, and Sisterella, which earned Rain in 1994 a nomination from the NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Equity.

Rain has never wanted to try and fill her fathers shoes - she has her own to fill and stands firm that life should never be filled with fear - In homage of her dad and being the first ever father daughter team to both have headlined at The Comedy store - Rain took to the stage built for her dad and wowed the crowd last year and repeated the feat by performing at the Comedy Club La Jolla. Rain likes to say "This ain’t my daddy’s stand-up - I am my own person up there" - "If your looking for Richard Pryor, ya better go rent a video!"

Over the years Rain has been honored to have been a guest with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as The Late Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and a guest of everyone from Air America to the Tavis Smiley show.

Rain asks that you join her in the fight for a cure of Multiple Sclerosis by doing something as simple as giving a donation to your local MS chapter, or participate in a walk for MS once a year. Rain believes if everyone did something towards a cure, no matter what it is, that the world could change.



She is one of a kind.