Belfast Film Festival Stands Up For Black Stars
With Trump and Clinton giving us two good reasons to laugh at Americans right now, Belfast Film Festival has come up with four better reasons why you just gotta love them – Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock.
As part of the BFI BLACK STAR celebration of black actors, Belfast Film Festival has chosen four of the greatest ever stand-up routines in cinema. These filmed concerts will be screened in The Black Box, itself the perfect environment for a stand up gig.
Chris Rock’s biting comedy was never more evident than when hosting this year’s controversial #OscarsSoWhite ceremony. He also brought his critically acclaimed brand of social commentary-themed humour to the 1999 standup comedy presentation Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (20 November). On-stage Rock extolls his razor-sharp wit and wisdom on such topics as gun control, President Clinton, homophobia, racism, black leaders, and relationships.
If Richard Pryor were accused of being the funniest man in America, Live on the Sunset Strip (20 November), his incredible stage act, would be Exhibit A. It is proof beyond the shadow of a doubt! Shot live at the Hollywood Palladium, the film captures all the excitement, lunacy and electric force of a Pryor performance.
Eddie Murphy ruled the stand-up world in the 1980s. His two specials, Delirious and Raw, are among the crudest and most sensational stand-up acts ever recorded. Belfast Film Festival will be screening Raw (27 November) which 26-year-old Murphy performed at New York City’s Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden.
Long before she was hosting Oscar broadcasts or holding court on The View, Whoopi Goldberg was wowing audiences on the Great White Way with a one-woman show (directed by none other than Mike Nichols). Shown on HBO six months before The Color Purple premiered, the Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway special (27 November) was her first major introduction to wider audience.