Interview: David Alan Grier doesn’t listen to podcasts, he just owns them
A couple of shockers for fans of “The Adam Carolla Show.”
1. David Alan Grier prefers ESPN sports talk with “Max & Marcellus.”
“I don’t really listen to Adam’s podcast; I just do it,” Grier says of being a regular on the former radio show that’s now often cited as the Web’s most downloaded podcast.
“They take too long. I’d never leave the house if I listen to podcasts. I don’t know who’s listening to them, but I guess it’s people who have lots of time.”
2. He likes doing the show from Carolla’s home studio more than when the show goes into comedy clubs.
“It’s loud, you can’t hear, it’s not intimate and I usually don’t like that,” he says of the live versions.
However, Grier agrees his Carolla riffs are “some of the funniest I’ve ever been. And it’s never planned. I just kind of show up and see what happens.”
And people yell out “Teddy!” when they see him now, thanks to the running bit he’s made of a Teddy Pendergrass impression.
The late R&B singer has become Grier’s version of the filthy joke “The Aristocrats,” as he continues to improvise new sexual variants of all the things Teddy plans to do to the ladies he is serenading.
“I remember I saw him one time on ‘The Tonight Show’ and it was so explicit you felt like, ‘Wow.’ It was like watching porno. He was doing ‘Turn Off the Lights.’ Women were screaming.”
Grier just might do some Teddy when he plays Treasure Island on Friday, double-billed with Tommy Davidson. Their common tie is the 1990s comedy show “In Living Color” that launched them both.
But the two don’t re-create sketches or spend much time onstage together. Grier isn’t one of the people who watched the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special and got angry because Eddie Murphy didn’t do Gumby.
“I wouldn’t have done it, either. It’s done. Watch the reruns.”
Instead, Grier devotes his stand-up to “where I’m at right now. I have a daughter who is 7, all that stuff,” he says. “Hopefully the best experience when you go to see comedy, and the biggest treat, is when someone presents something we can all identify with, but from an angle and point of view that I’ve never thought of.
“If that’s successful, it can be the simplest act we go through every day. Making a sandwich, eating breakfast, whatever. But with a completely unique and different take on that.”
He and Davidson won’t revive the old sketches, but Grier at 59 is fine with an audience that discovered the two of them on “Color.”
“I don’t do colleges anymore. After the second marriage, it was like, ‘We don’t have anything in common.’ I’d say something like, ‘The first divorce is different from the second divorce.’ And they’re like, ‘What?’ “
Grier’s live dates have been scarce this summer because he is filming a new NBC comedy, “The Carmichael Show,” playing Jerrod Carmichael’s father in the series that debuts Aug. 5.
He lobbied for Loretta Devine as the mother after seeing her at auditions. The two worked together on Broadway in “Dreamgirls” more than 30 years ago. “You can’t really fake that funk of comfortable feeling around another person,” he says.
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