Funny Man David Alan Grier

Comedian and now author David Alan Grier talks about his new book, the angry black man syndrome, Dancing with the Stars and the pressure to always be funny.


You probably know him best from his days doing whatever it took to get a laugh on In Living Color. Or maybe from his own sketch comedy show Chocolate News which to the dismay of some, was short-lived on Comedy Central.

But there’s probably a lot you don’t know about author and comedian David Alan Grier. In his new book Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth, Grier discusses the wide-ranging impact that the election of President Obama had on him by interweaving his journey of going from middle-class Detroit to the likes of Yale, Broadway, and of course, comedy.

Books on the Root chatted with Grier for our monthly podcast series. Grier talks crying on election night in front of thousands, competing on Dancing with the Stars, why there aren’t any black shows on television, and why, at the end of the day, Comedy Central just wasn’t that into him.

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