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 pulls gun violence episode after GOP baseball shooting

The Carmichael Show is constantly airing episodes that riff on topical subject matter, and the one that was scheduled to air last night was eerily on the nose. The same day that a gunman opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Virginia—while another one targeted a UPS facility in San Francisco—the NBC…

The Carmichael Show tries on gentrification, just to see how it fits

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The moment The Carmichael Show opens in Nekeisha’s apartment, it’s obvious that something’s going down. Because for all of its thought-provoking conversations on a weekly basis, The Carmichael Show isn’t one to play around with too many sets—it’s typically fine with the standard two of Jerrod and Maxine’s apartment…

Lil Rel Howery breaks down Carmichael Show’s gentrification episode

In its second season on NBC, The Carmichael Show has continued to build its episodes around hot-button issues and topical matters: infidelity, birth control, mourning, and Bill Cosby. But the show is also using these episodes to flesh out the people surrounding the show’s star, comedian Jerrod Carmichael—tonight’s…

The Carmichael Show tackles a woman’s right to choose in a solid episode

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Part of the fun of watching The Carmichael Show is seeing how Jerrod Carmichael and his writers come up with new ways to trap the characters in one room so they have no choice but to talk to each other. By the hopefully forthcoming third season, they’ll have to get trapped inside an elevator or a biosphere, and I look…

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…