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David Alan Grier has the courage to explore live TV.
The comedian and three-time Tony Award nominee has joined NBC’s production of “The Wiz Live!.” He’ll play the Cowardly Lion, the famously timid friend of the lost Dorothy who accompanies her down the Yellow Brick Road in the hopes that their journey will lead him to find some courage.
Grier broke out via Fox’s 1990s sketch show “In Living Color.” His TV credits also include “Crank Yankers” and “Happy Endings.” His stage credits include a co-starring role in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” and his film credits include “A Soldier’s Story” with Howard E. Rollins and Denzel Washington and “Jumanji” with Robin Williams. He will soon appear on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which premieres Aug. 26.
- Whitney Friedlander
We guarantee comedian Jim Florentine has a new divorce bit in his act -- his marriage is over ... but he and his ex have already divvied things up, and at least Jim will still have a place to write jokes. Florentine -- best known for "The Howard Stern Show" appearances and "Crank Yankers" -- filed to divorce Samantha Florentine on March 6. They'd been together for 2 and-a-half years. No long drawn out battle here though ... sources »
- TMZ Staff
Comedians are neurotically competitive and doing standup for a living can be brutal — with these basic takeaways, “Road Hard” would barely get past the starting gate if viewers had a “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before” option. This feature directing debut for Adam Carolla and frequent writing/producing collaborator Kevin Hench is an amiable, nicely assembled semi-autobiographical fiction that will please the former’s fans. Others, however, will find the onscreen standup underwhelming, and the other seriocomic elements variously unsurprising and underdeveloped in this peek at life on the comedy B-list.
The crowdfunded pic is opening on 11 screens nationwide March 6, simultaneous with VOD launch and scattered one-shot showings accompanied by personal appearances. Carolla’s following, plus other familiar comedy faces in support roles, should ultimately guide “Road” toward decent returns in home formats.
The star is basically playing an alternative-universe version of himself, had he not followed »
- Dennis Harvey
3 items from 2015
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