I know that most of us are twenty-something whites with way too much time on our hands and a proclivity to name drop other twenty-something whites who study & perform at UCB at any given moment before returning to our witty conversations and clever T-shirts, but I think it's time we talk about this vague new program, appropriately or inappropriately titled "Chocolate News" with mister two snaps up, David Allen Grier.
From the little video and promos that I've seen it appears as though the program will be fueled with the same racial humor that made "Chappelle's Show" a moneymaker---funny, but far from poignant. The most played clip thus far is of D.A.G. posing the question, "did someone just say 'you people'?"
Obviously, that is fucking hilarious on one many levels.
Is Comedy Central just dusting off Grier in hopes of reaching the same levels of success of Chappelle's Show? If they were to hire anyone from the old In Living Color cast who they could ensure would act in accordance with their contractual obligations, they made the right choice in David Allen Grier, though I personally would have preferred Tommy Davidson...well, if one has to make a choice. I'm not saying he'll be an Uncle Tom for the network, but it would seem that Comedy Central will do a better job of covering their asses this time around. It seems unlikely that Chocolate News will ever reach the same levels of popularity that Chappelle's Show did, but it'll be interesting to see how they play it. After opening up the series with "The Black Supremacist" it appears that Chocolate News has a tough act to follow.