Publication details [#61684]

Britt, Erica. 2016. Stylizing the preacher: Preaching, performance, and the comedy of Richard Pryor. Language in Society 45 (5) : 685–708.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Cambridge University Press


This paper elucidates the ‘moving parts’ in the Black preacher voice stylization in Richard Pryor's comedy sketches, to detect their interactional function. Mixing inflated Black preaching tradition traits and maybe Southern-bent speech styles with his own ‘stage voice’, may obscure the line between his 'own' and the preacher's stance.