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David Alan Grier: Bringing the Laughs and the Drama

It takes a lot to break through in Hollywood. Talent, hard work, and a lot of luck, but to stay booked and busy for decades is a whole ‘nother level of star power. One of the people who has it is comedian David Alan Grier. He had his big break in the 1990s with the iconic sketch comedy show In Living Color. He’s been in films and television ever since. Most recently, he co-starred as a pot-smoking grandpa on Jamie Foxx Netflix comedy Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! On Friday’s episode of A Word, I spoke with Grier about his career and how his new show with Jamie Foxx came together. Our conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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David Alan Grier: I turned down the chance to become an SNL cast member after I hosted the show

“NBC came and they offered me a spot on SNL. This was after In Living Color," said Grier, who hosted Saturday Night Live in 1995 and 1997, in an interview with The Last Laugh podcast. "They said, will you join the cast? But for me, it was like, when you’re the host, you call all the shots. So I said, I can’t be in front of the cast and then six months later I’m behind the cast. Like, ‘Isn’t that the dude that was hosting like nine months ago?’ Also, after doing In Living Color, I wanted to do a different kind of show. So I didn’t do it, but I still go and see people on SNL and visit and Lorne (Michaels) and those guys are so gracious. I remember after my first time hosting, Lorne called me in his office and he said, ‘David, I want you to think of SNL like your second home. It’s a lot like our relationship that we had with Steve Martin or Tom Hanks. Inside my brain’s exploding. And after that, I never heard from Lorne.”
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Jamie Foxx is reclaiming his title as the one of the funniest men on television. The 53-year-old actor is returning to the small screen with a starring role in Netflix’s Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!, a sitcom based on the real-life relationship between the Foxx and his daughter, Corinne Foxx. Jamie told theGrio exclusively that the show, executive produced by himself and Corinne, is meant to “bring some light into the world.”
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Thirty years after “In Living Color,” Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier are working together again on “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!”, a new Netflix show inspired by Foxx’s relationship with his real-life daughter. “We didn’t miss a beat,” Foxx says. “It’s beautiful to be back with my friend.” Foxx also talks about the George Floyd case and the tragic loss of his sister.
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