In Living Color alumni Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier reminisce with fans

David Alan Grier began his late-night hosting on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday, Aug. 10. For his first guest of the week, the comedian-actor had the pleasure of speaking with his “former student,” the Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

The two have worked for years on the hit comedy series In Living Color and most recently on the Foxx show Dad Stop Embarrassing Me. After gushing about each other’s illustrious resumes, Grier recalled meeting Foxx on a comedy show in “The Hood.”

Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier reminisce about their time filming In Living Color. (Photo: @davidalangrier/Instagram, @iamjamiefoxx/Instagram)

“I thought it was you Richard Prioris like a long lost son,” Foxx said. “I thought you changed your name because you wanted to do it on your own.” Grier added, “That’s the best rumor ever.”

“I was so rural, man, I don’t know. You look like a big ole star to me,” the Texas native continued. “I remember having a jheri curl that was dry… I only had enough money to keep that part wet.”

Grier, 66, pulled out a high school photo to show off the semi-dry hairstyle Foxx calls the “California Curl.” The audience applauded the ‘Project Power’ star after he enthusiastically yelled, ‘You know what crazy is? I love David Alan Grier.”

After expressing his admiration, Foxx pulled out a childhood photo of the Tony Award-winning actor, which he said he carries in his back pocket. Grier said: “I was seven years old, man. Look at my head.”

After that, the comedic duo began reminiscing about filming In Living Color, including one of their popular roles as hairdressers and in the skits Poetry from the Hood.

The audience gave Foxx another round of applause after he shared the inspiration behind her hilarious “Hood” sketch performances. Viewers laughed hysterically at the pair, who poetically recited lyrics to popular rap and hip-hop songs. Foxx, 54, revealed that he received his education by attending United States International University on a classical piano scholarship.

“You know what crazy is? Part of that came from my stand-up, too, because… ever since I went to classical training at school,” he explained. “I’d take Hood…I always say Hood. I’d take hip-hop lyrics and say, “What if Snoop sang classical?” the singer said before singing the classical version of Snoop Dogg‘s “Gin & Juice”.

Foxx and Grier’s full interview is available on YouTube, where users commented praising their late night comedic reunion.

“That was the best late night interview I’ve ever seen. Kudos to Jamie and David. Well done,” said one person. Another wrote: “Love seeing Jamie Foxx and David Grier together. Bravo to ‘In Living Color’ for speaking to so many talented emerging artists.”

A third person said: “I don’t know how many people these days will realize how historic this moment is on TV. Two of entertainment’s biggest icons sit down for a chat. To me, that’s better than John Stewart and George Carlin.”

A handful of fans were so impressed with Grier’s hosting skills that many suggested he had his own show. One person wrote: “David Alan Grier needs his own late night show!”

Another said: “Somebody needs to give David Alan Grier his own talk show. He’s hilarious. I’ve been watching him since the In Living Color days and he’s a comic genius.” In Living Color alumni Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier reminisce with fans

James Brien

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