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
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
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
She is one of a kind.