She’s back for more: Singer, actress and comedian Rain Pryor, whom we met back in 2009,, is currently performing her one-woman show, “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” at New York’s Actors Temple Theater. It’s no secret that Pryor is the daughter of outspoken comedian Richard Pryor and Jewish dancer Shirley Bonus, and her dual black-Jewish identity is an essential part of her shtick. In her stand-up show Pryor shares anecdotes from her unusual upbringing peppering her stories with Yiddishisms like “meshugah” and “kibitz amongst yourselves.” She also sings a couple of original songs.
In the run-up to the New York opening of the show on August 6, Pryor and fellow comedian Kelly Carlin (daughter of George) were interviewed together for a New York Times piece about going into the family business. The two women are friends, though Pryor warned: “I don’t trust laughs from other comedians. I trust laughs from audiences.”