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Talib Kweli & Lil Rel On ‘Bad Trip,’ Tiffany Haddish, ‘Get Out,’ Kevin Hart | People’s Party Full

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In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor and comedian:


Here’s what we got to talk about with a rising star and one of the most likable guys in Hollywood:

• His West Side Chicago upbringing in a tight-knit family of educators.
• Feeling like Steve Urkel when he got to public school and having to dumb himself down.
• Acting on ‘The Carmichael Show’, the genius of Jerrod Carmichael and why it was cancelled.
• Tears of joy over his friend Tiffany Haddish getting her big break in ‘Girls Trip’.
• The genius of the film ‘Get Out’ and how it uniquely addresses the issue of race.
• Why they chose to use an alternate ending of ‘Get Out’ than the one originally scripted.
• Positives from being casted in the remake of ‘In Living Color’ that ended up never airing.
• Learning to produce and write on truTV’s sketch-comedy ‘Friends of the People’.
• Valuable comedic advice that Rel gave Jasmin which had a huge impact on her.
• The late great Kevin Barnett loving to bomb on stage and what Rel learned from him.
• Talib’s beef with Rel’s film ‘The Photograph’ and Bill Bellamy in ‘Love Jones’.
• The lack of respect for black shows over the years like ‘Roc’ and others.
• Playing the character of Charlie in ‘Bird Box’ giving him anxiety.
• Quitting on the first day of ‘Bad Trip’ after he was chased by a knife wielding barber.
• The kindness of bystanders in ‘Bad Trip’ and a moment that had Rel feeling bad.
• Acting in the movie ‘Good Boys’ and the seamless chemistry between him and Retta.
• Finding John Cena to be hilarious when he worked with him on ‘Vacation Friends’.
• The intense rivalry between Michael Jackson and Prince and the legacy of James Brown.
• The funniest moments from Rel’s HBO special ‘Live in Crenshaw’.
• Learning from J.B. Smoove how to milk a joke and Smoove’s love in Chicago.
• Rel’s speech on the Jimmy Kimmel show in the wake of the Breonna Taylor murder.
• The love and support from his friend Naya Rivera and how much he misses her.
• His role in the film ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ and the legend of Fred Hampton.
• Landing a voice acting gig as the Angel/Devil in the 2021 ‘Tom and Jerry Movie’.
• Working alongside Kevin Hart in the movie ‘Fatherhood’.
• Getting to play himself in the new ‘Space Jam’ and working with Dir. Malcolm D. Lee.
• Acting in ‘Free Guy’ alongside one of his favorite actors Ryan Reynolds.
• The term NPC (non-player character) being weaponized online.
• The upcoming movie ‘Deep Water’, starring Rel, Ben Affleck and others.
• What Rel is most excited for next in his career.

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