David Alan Grier is truly a TV and Broadway Icon. Theater, television and film dot David Alan Grier’s past, and his ability to excel in all three mediums is a testament to the man’s inherent sense of comic timing. In October 2009, Grier released his book “Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth,” in which the comedian discusses politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story.
Trained in Shakespeare at Yale, Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in “The First,” for which he earned a Tony nomination in 1981. He then joined the cast of “Dreamgirls,” and later went on to star opposite Denzel Washington in “A Soldier’s Play,” with both actors continuing their roles in the film version, “A Soldier’s Story.”
His television work is highlighted by a turn as principle cast member on “In Living Color,” where he helped create some of the show’s most memorable characters, and as a co-star on Bonnie Hunt’s hit ABC comedy, “Life With Bonnie.”
Recently, David created, wrote and executive produced a show for Comedy Central called “Chocolate News,” and finished up a run on “Dancing With The Stars.” Grier didn’t hang up his dance shoes either ? he was featured in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie “Dance Flick,” which hit theaters in May 2009.
In addition, Grier has gained recognition for his other feature film roles, including “Boomerang,” “Jumanji,” “Return To Me” and “Streamers.” For the latter, Grier picked up a Golden Lion Award for “Best Actor” at the Venice Film Festival.
DAVID ALAN GRIER facts:
DAG received his third Tony nomination for his performance in Porgy and Bess. Broadway: The First (Jackie Robinson, Tony nomination, Theatre World Award), Dreamgirls, A Soldier’s Play, Race (Tony nomination). Films: A Soldier’s Story, Robert Altman’s Streamers (Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival), Dance Flick and the upcoming We the Peeples. Television: “In Living Color” (1990-1994, Emmy Award); “DAG” (2000-2001); “Life with Bonnie” (2003, Image and Golden Satellite nomination); and he also appeared on “Chocolate News.” Grier has been named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.” In his first, recently published book, Barack Like Me: The Chocolate Covered Truth, he expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timely, timeless and hilarious memoir and look at all things Barack. He holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the legendary David Alan Grier in NYC following his successful Tony Nominated run on Broadway with Porgy and Bess to talk about his incredible career, when he knew he could hack it as a comedian, his stint on one of TV’s most groundbreaking shows “In Living Color”, headlining Caroline’s this weekend, his new movie with Kerry Washington and Craog Robinson, and he tells an incredibly funny story involving Rosanna Scotto from Good Day NYC! DAG is one of entertainment’s brightest and funniest talents, and a living legend. Enjoy Kade Nation!
Here is DAG on Good Day NY on Fox right before chatting with me!
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