Who the hell wrote the pilot for the Carmichael Show? Inquiring minds want to know because they are going to catch a case because my side burst and split open from laughing so hard last night! The Carmichael Show on NBC is hilarity personified. You can’t put David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine on a show together and expect it to be anything less than loaded with laughter.
I saw just a few previews of the show before I watched but really didn’t hear much about it and I didn’t have any concrete plans to watch. The previews didn’t jump out at me. But my husband and I are big, I mean HUGE, David Alan Grier fans since his days on In Living Color. And Loretta Devine is just that—Devine! Love her! I wasn’t sure just how prominent David’s role would be on the show because frankly the show is not even about him. But I wanted to watch and see what it was all about.
I really wasn’t expecting it to be THAT good. I thought it would be typical, cookie-cutter, Hollywood comedy. But noooooooo! This show pushed the envelope of laughter and took risks in the script that had me knee-slapping and high-fivving my husband. You know why? Because the material was all-too-familiar: the political debates and hot button race issues are always pressing issues in our home and those of many people we know.
I connected with the characters. Loretta and David are off the hook playing the parents of Jerrod Carmichael. Wait, before I tell you more, who is this guy and where has he been all my life! From what I know Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller are from the “Neighbors” and developed this show. This show was also inspired by Jerrod’s REAL LIFE relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father, his therapist-in-training girlfriend, his ever-hustling brother and his mother who is always right with Jesus.
I’m glad someone alerted white folks that black people live out comedy everyday of our lives and it’s enough to become TV royalty. #GoJerrod! This sitcom showed just how much our people keep it real with uncomfortable conversations behind closed doors. You know you’ve said some of the things or thought a thought about much of the commentary in the two premiere episodes! Don’t even front!
For instance, when Jerrod’s brother’s ex-wife came home with a stolen TV she wrestled from a looter at a protest march, I chuckled because we all have a brother, sister or cousin who would have capitalized on the crime around them and kept it! Jerrod’s mom played by Loretta Devine is that mom or Grandmom we all know who holds fast to Jesus and will beat you down with her Bible verses trying to get you all the way right.
David Alan Grier is witty as Joe Carmichael and at his best with flawed philosophy about politics. But, you can’t hate a brother for siding with former President Bush and those stimulus checks! I remember those checks and they did a pocket good! That’s the kind of humor that makes you think and nod with understanding while smiling and co-signing on their foolishness. The show is thoughtfully written and nothing is off limits as they tackle sensitive political and racial issues. They address what it means to be black in America and in one particular episode Jerrod and his dad discuss driving while black and being pulled over by the cops. Of course they infuse it with funny commentary about his dad’s prejudicial thinking. And the protest episode? I. Just. Can’t!!! Too funny with Cynthia Carmichael (Loretta Devine) looking like a throwback Black Panther. David Alan Grier’s delivery is masterful. Jerrod is new to me but I really like the dude. This show is based on his actual life! His writing is smart and I’m mad that I’ve missed him as a stand-up comic all this time. Where have I been? Wow. I need to meet Jerrod. Hey, NBC, I really want a set visit PLEASE!! (Email me!)
On the show Jerrod takes the next step with moving in together with his girlfriend, Maxine (Amber Stevens West). She’s cute. She’s the “smart one” pretty much out of the loopy group. (And I mean loopy with love). Jerrod and Amber are your average young couple trying to make it in the city. They’re smart, motivated and looking to build a fulfilling life together. The only thing standing in their way is family. Between Jerrod’s larger-than-life brother, Bobby (Lil Rel Howery who is a HAM), and his smothering and passionate parents, Jerrod and Maxine are put to the test navigating the boundaries of romance, family and sanity.
I pray that this show doesn’t get cancelled because people don’t know how good it is. But the word is the pilot did good for its premiere. If so I already have my protest picket signs ready to boycott NBC! Just jokes but for real NBC>>>don’t dare cancel this show.
What I need is for all my friends to share this post so next Wednesday so many more people tune in. I just checked and this show doesn’t go up against Black-ish so I need you guys to know that you have to tune in to NBC and support the Carmichael Show.
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Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan serve as executive producers. “The Carmichael Show” is co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Universal Television.