David Alan Grier has been part of some of televisions best comedy moments. He was a cast member in Emmy-winning sketch comedy series In Living Color, which deigned not only to showcase more than one black man at a time, but also to make late-night comedy funny. His short-lived (one season, 2008) and often-brilliant Comedy Central show, Chocolate News, yielded some spectacular moments, among them Griers Maya Angelou imitation (his rendition of the beloved poets many expressions is priceless), and his announcement regarding the death of hip-hop: Rap is supposed to have a message, and that message is, It takes a nation of millions to hold us back, not Young, black, and famous with money hanging out of my anus. Hip-hop, have you lost yo damn mind? Sure, hes turned in some skilled drama, including the notable Baadasssss and The Woodsman, and he even dipped his toe into the board-gamebased fantasy pool with Jumanji. Of course, you could even know him from his many spots on love advice radio show Loveline. But tonights standup gig is just how you want to catch Grier: up close, smart, and funny.
July 8-11, 8 p.m.; July 9-10, 10:15 p.m., 2010