Classic stand-up artists with 4 of the greatest filmed stand up routines presented in the Black Box. Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock’s filmed concerts will be screened in the perfect environment for a stand up gig.

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). 

Unlike her earlier theatrical tribute to Moms Mabley, she played a quintet of characters, from a Valley Girl-ish teen to a streetwise hustler and thief named Fontaine; each gets their share of pathos-driven plot turns, but they also get punch lines, which had crowd members cracking up when they weren’t choking up. Shown on HBO six months before The Color Purple premiered, this special was her first major introduction to wider audience; seen now, it’s a great reminder of what an energetic stage performer and comedienne she was before she started adding actress, awards-show emcee and talk-show dynamo to her resumé.

This event is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by Film Hub NI, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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