The ’90s were arguably good years for actor and comedian David Alan Grier. The Yale Drama School grad had already established a Broadway career playing Jackie Robinson in The First and starring in Dreamgirls, but on the cult sketch comedy show In Living Color, Grier finger-snapped his way to fame. Who could forget his turns as flamboyant film critic Antoine Merriweather and washed-up blues “great” Calhoun Tubbs?These days, Grier is pure gadfly. When his Dancing With the Stars run came to an abrupt end in 2009, he let loose on the judges in a vitriol-filled rant that made for viral-video gold. And his Twitter feed is a running commentary of insult jokes that spares no one, from Charlie Sheen to Broadway’s Julie Taymor to Anthony Bourdain. Before his two nights of stand-up at the Lansburgh Theatre in D.C., Grier was down for a game of Mad Libs about his life, his book , Barack Like Me, and his Dancing stint. Just what will come out of the former Chocolate News host’s mouth is anybody’s guess. Here’s a sample : 1. Most fans don’t know: I’m a gourmand 2. The part of my body that got the biggest workout on Dancing With the Stars was: My ego. 3 The one chapter of my book, “Barack Like Me,” that people always want to talk about is: How I tried to join the Black Panthers at 15. But I’d much rather talk about: My record collection. 4. Right now I’m working on: Getting my daughter to fall asleep. 5. If I could interview Charlie Sheen on Chocolate News, I definitely would ask him: About the absence of African American goddesses in his stable. 6. The accomplishments I’m most proud of are: I woke up this morning and made it till sundown. 7. If I were to abridge the story of David Alan Grier into one Tweet, it would go a little something like this: This is a task better left for others to do. 8. If, in a hypothetical world, the 2012 presidential election were down to Newt Gingrich, Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber I’d choose: Barack Obama because there are no other viable candidates.
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