David Alan Grier on The Carmichael Show, the prescience of Blankman, and repeatedly turning down In Living Color

The actor: David Alan Grier was already a Tony-nominated actor (for playing Jackie Robinson in the musical The First) before making his big-screen debut in the Robert Altman drama, Streamers, but he’s spent most of his career alternately resisting and listening to the siren song of comedy. A bit part in one Keenen…

The Carmichael Show tries to laugh with Bill Cosby, and at him, and not at all

Jerrod Carmichael isn’t the first comedian to aim for a head-on collision with the righteous furor over Bill Cosby. After all, it was a Hannibal Buress joke that lit the tinderbox that spread into a full-blown backlash in which Cosby went from America’s most wholesome comedy icon to a sleazy old rapist in what now…

The Carmichael Show returns with its wandering eye on infidelity

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It’s practically impossible to have a conversation about The Carmichael Show without mentioning Black-ish. My instinct is not to draw the comparison, since a good ol’ fashioned multi-camera sitcom in the tradition of Norman Lear doesn’t have much in common with a sitcom in ABC’s single-camera house style, at least…

Food Network courts hip young viewers with Arsenio Hall and David Alan Grier

Possibly feeling the pressure from the recently launched Viceland and its string of foul-mouthed foodie fare from folks like Fuck That’s Delicious rapper Action Bronson, the Food Network is firing back by offering fans a lineup that wouldn’t look out of place on Fox late night in 1992. The network—lead by new chief…

Comedy Bang! Bang!: “Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans And Weathered Brown Desert Boots”

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Three minutes into his guest spot on tonight’s Comedy Bang! Bang!—just after announcing his decision not to “arbitrarily shoehorn” singing into his performances—Skylar Astin finds a stray microphone tucked under his couch cushion, and he breaks into a full-throated rendition of “Bah Bah Black Sheep.” It’s a silly bit,…