Thursday, March 12, 2009
Too Black or too bad?
"D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" and David Alan Greer's "Chocolate News" have apparently been cancelled. Apparently, some wonder if it has to do with them both being Black shows.
Personally, I don't think their shows were too Black for tv. Based on what I saw, they were too bad for tv.
By the way, that ain't the jiiiiive version of "bad." It's the literal one.
Flat jokes. Poor transitions. Brute-force approach to comedy. Shallow consideration of the issues.
Of course, that's what I got from watching very little of their shows, but it was enough for me to form my opinion*. Conan O'Brien was very unpolished in his earliest hosting days, but I found his approach more palatable. I think that was largely because of his humility and humor.
I don't know if Conan did stand-up, first (I doubt it) but I'd expect Hughley's and Greer's collective decades in front of audiences to count for a heck of a lot more than I saw on the screen.
* - and I fully admit that's all it is - an opinion.