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Rain Pryor Headlines Comedy Show Before Screening Thursday

Comedian-actress Rain Pryor headlines a comedy show before a screening of her autobiographical “That Daughter’s Crazy” film Thursday at the Carnegie in Covington.

The daughter of the late Richard Pryor also will talk about the film and answer questions from the audience with producer Daryl Sledge after the screening.

Before the film at 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati area comics will perform, says Kat Steele, director of the Cincinnati Film Festival, which organized the event. Scheduled to perform are Ally Bruener, Kelly Collette, Teri Foltz, Kristen Lundberg and Ky Platt.

Pryor, 46, broke into TV in ABC's “Head of the Class” (1988-91), a classroom comedy with Howard Hesseman as the teacher. She also was a regular on Showtime’s “Rude Awakening” with Lynn Redgrave, Sherilyn Fenn and Mario Van Peebles.

“That Daughter’s Crazy” draws from Pryor’s one-woman stage show about growing up as the black Jewish daughter of Richard Pryor,” the influential and controversial comedian-actor who died in 2005 at age 65.

“Rain grew up during an era when race, ethnicity and religion caused her constant internal and external conflict,” says the Cincinnati Film Festival media release. The documentary looks at “her vibrant and complicated life as a black Jewish girl, looking for self-identity and recognition in Hollywood, and as a woman coming to terms with the loss of her father, while learning to be a mother.”

Tickets for the comedy show and screening at The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, are  available online from The Carnegie box office. Admission for both is $20.  Tickets for only the comedy concert are $15 each; tickets for only the screening are $12 each. 

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.