Mason Pryor, the son of late comic Richard Pryor, has issued a response to getting booed off stage on “Showtime at the Apollo,” and he saw it coming as time seemed to slow down.
When he walked on stage Thursday night on the Steve Harvey-hosted show, the pressure was already mounting as he said, “Man, I’m nervous. I can literally hear my dad up in heaven right now like, ‘Boy, you better not mess this up!'”
Pryor, who had done standup before and opened for Eddie Griffin, told TMZ he was shocked by the response to the set, which included a bit about the president’s involvement with Vladimir Putin.
“You can kinda tell halfway through that first Donald Trump bit I’m like, ‘This is taking a really long time to get to the end,” he says. “But it is what it is, man.”
Pryor said he jumped at the opportunity to go on the March 8 broadcast and was advised by other comics to “write your material a lot more rigid next time.”
“I bombed when I shouldn’t have,” he told cameras backstage during the episode. “I wasn’t funny.”
And while host Steve Harvey, who looked up to the elder Pryor, brought him back on stage to redeem himself, Pryor said the appearance has given him some more stand-alone star power.
“I went from being, ‘Wait, you’re that one guy’s comedian son? What?'” he tells TMZ. “Now, it’s like, ‘Wow, this dude is not funny, but he’s here!’ That’s an upgrade!”