Kevin Avery and Thugs, The Musical

Thugs, The Musical is about a mediocre, slightly delusional, and very “non-urban” black actor in Hollywood who, after years of auditioning but not being considered “black enough” to be cast in any of the roles that his fellow black actors have been getting – the Gangsta, the fast-talking Sidekick, the one doomed Black Guy at the party in the horror movie – decides to write, direct, and star in his own theater production – an epically bad play called Thugs, The Musical – to show Hollywood (and the world) that he, too, can “act black.”

Saw this video on Laughspin. Kevin Avery wrote and stars in “Thugs, The Musical,” a mockumentary short film. The film was financed through Kickstarter and premiers in New York on May 2nd, as part of the New York No Limits Film Series at The Wild Project. With musical numbers like “Who’s That Keepin’ It Real?”, “Drive-By” and “Oh No She Di-in’t,” “Thugs” is bound to be hilarious.

Here’s some of Kevin Avery’s stand-up (the first clip reminds me of Key and Peele):

DAG

I listened to LoveLine every night in middle school and David Alan Grier was a frequent guest.  He has enormous energy and is so quick on his feet.  Today, while watching clips of Jimmy Kimmel, I saw that DAG was recently on.

I had no idea that he did any theater, but DAG has been nominated for two Tony Awards (The First, Race).  He is also currently in the revival of Porgy and Bess and performed as part of Jimmy Fallon’s Broadway Week.

Here is a clip of his stand up: