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April 2004

From Richard Pryor to In Living Color to Dave Chappelle, the best of comedy is on DVD display.

  • Starring: Richard Pryor
  • Format: Color, Box set
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Summary: After hosting a highly successful special on NBC in 1977, Richard Pryor was offered a ten-week contract by the network to present his own show. However, bizarre scheduling problems and Pryor's paranoia concerning his abilities meant that it only ran to four shows. Although the ratings didn't manage to live up to expectations, the shows have subsequently undergone something of a critical rehabilitation, and are now regarded to be amongst Pryor's best work. Combining a mixture of political satire and his inimitable rapier wit, Pryor worked with a variety of special guests on the shows to produce some classic comedic subject matter which still resonates to this day. Guests include John Belushi, Maya Angelou, Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, and many others.
  • DVD Features:
    • Number of discs: 3


  • Starring: Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tommy Davidson
  • Format: Color
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Summary: In 1990, comedian Keenan Ivory Wayans ushered in a new brand of comedy with IN LIVING COLOR. Taking his cue from legendary sketch-based shows like SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and SCTV, Wayans injected color into the formula and, in the process, helped to forever change the face of television. With a boundlessly talented cast--including Tommy Davidson, Jamie Foxx, Damon and Marlon Wayans, and Jim Carrey--IN LIVING COLOR exploded into living rooms with one hilarious sketch after another. This long overdue release contains every episode from the show's acclaimed first season, giving a whole new legion of viewers the opportunity to believe the hype for themselves.
  • DVD Features:
    • 13 episodes on three discs: Pilot, The Wrath of Farrakhan, Lean On Me Beautiful, Transitions, A Date with Grace Jones, Jheri's Kids, Don King - The Early Years, Endangered Species, Introducing... Homey D. Clown, Vera Dimilo, Anton in The People's Court, Conspiracy, Homey D. Clown Returns
    • Commentaries on select episodes
    • "Looking Back In Living Color: The First Season" featurette
    • "In Living Color: The First Season" featurette
    • "Back in Step with the Fly Girls" featurette
    • HBO Comedy Festival 2001
    • Full-screen format
    • Number of discs: 3

  • Starring: Dave Chappelle
  • Director: Bill Berner & Andre Allen
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Box set
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • ummary: Comedian Dave Chappelle trains his satirical eye on the vagaries of pop culture in his highly-rated Comedy Central television program Chappelle's Show. The comedian brandishes his risque brand of street-smart comedy to skewer everything from car commercials to the KKK, blending sketches, parodies, and live musical performances into a hilarious and edgy sendup of modern life. This 2-volume set presents all 12 episodes from the show's first season in uncensored and unblurred versions.
  • DVD Features:
    • All 12 uncensored and unblurred episodes with commentary on 5 from creators David Chappelle and Neal Brennan
    • Deleted scene/gag reel (30 mins.)
    • "Ask a Black Dude with Paul Mooney" featurette (20 mins.)
    • Number of discs: 2


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