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28/07/2006
Rain set for Edinburgh by: Caroline Westbrook
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Rain Proyr
Rain Proyr

If you're planning on heading to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, then be sure to check out some of the Jewish-themed shows and performers in the line-up including Rain Pryor.

You may recognise the last name as being that of the late and great comedian Richard Pryor, and Rain happens to be his daughter, who has paid homage both to her Jewish roots as well as black roots.

Last year she brought her one-woman show Fried Chicken and Latkes, which was inspired by her Jewish and African American roots, to the Fringe. This year she's bringing her latest show, the jazz cabaret Miss Kimba's Speakeasy Stomp.

Born in 1969, Rain works as an actress, singer, writer, producer, comedian and speaker on issues such as multiple sclerosis (which her father suffered from). On the small screen she's been in such shows as teen comedy Head Of The Class and long-running drama Chicago Hope, while she's also appeared in films including How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

She also gives talks across the US on the themes of unity, family and Judaism, making a feature of her African-American and Jewish roots. These were themes she also touched upon in Fried Chicken and Latkes, in which she gave a candid account of her life as the daughter of a black father and Jewish mother.

"So there I was, this black and Jewish kid growing up in Beverly Hills, which meant I was proud…but felt so guilty for it," she says. The show was such a success it even reunited her with her sister Elizabeth, Pryor's other Jewish daughter from a previous marriage.

However, Rain has never tried to emulate her father, preferring instead to have her own identity.

"My dad and mom said I should be a stand-up comic but I said 'Dad, no way! You're Richard Pryor, that's not fair'!" she says. "I remember I tried it once and I was so terrified when I got up on stage, I remember thinking 'I can't do this'! I wasn't terrified that my material wasn't funny, just that they really wanted to see him instead."

Miss Kimba's Speakeasy Stomp is at the Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar from August 4-27 (except August 15).

For more information: www.rainpryor.com

 

 
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