Talib Kweli & Deon Cole On ‘Black-ish,’ Conan, Eddie Murphy, Wu-Tang’s Lyrics | People’s Party Full
n this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, actor and screenwriter:
He’s established himself as one of the biggest comedy talents on the scene right now. Here’s what we got into:
• Growing up in South Side Chicago and moving to the suburbs at age 14.
• Deon’s first on-stage performance coming from a 50 dollar bet.
• Fellow Chicago comic Godfrey and Deon challenging the comedian dress code.
• Taking influence from comedians Steven Wright and George Carlin.
• Breaking down the genius of the late, great Norm Macdonald.
• People that come to comedy shows looking for a reason to complain.
• Working on the Barbershop movies and how positive it was for his hometown.
• Appearing in ‘Pimps Up Hoes Down’ and Don “Magic” Juan offering Deon some “help”.
• Experiences writing and performing for The Conan O’Brien Show.
• His role on ‘Black-ish’ originally being intended for Charlie Murphy.
• How Snoop Dogg had a hand in the success of Reflection Eternal’s ‘The Blast’.
• Discussion of the difficulties in dissecting the lyrics of the Wu-Tang Clan.
• Laurence Fishburne correcting Deon on how to address him when they met.
• Getting caught saying the B-Word by Wanda Sykes’ character Daphne in ‘Black-ish’.
• Breaking down of Deon’s bit about black people managing their blackness.
• The NCAACP disinviting Talib to events and Deon’s take on how they could do better.
• The surreal moment of Deon feeling fully recognized by Eddie Murphy.
• The problem of people seeking validation through social media.
• What was said on IG during one of Deon’s DJ sets that made him go nuclear.
• Why Deon tells people that not everyone deserves their energy.
• People in love with the idea of being in love and not the person they’re with.
• Valuable advice from Chris Rock about prioritizations in life.
• The importance of authenticity in art and making things your own.
• Old Spice getting in contact with Deon to make him their new spokesman.
• Having fun with Tiffany Haddish on the talk-show ‘Friday Night Vibes’.
• A new black western on the way starring Deon, titled ‘The Harder They Fall’