Comedian Larry Wilmore talks Mitt Romney’s zero and more
The Eds Schultz Show, Aug 24 2012
Talking Race, Religion and Sex w Larry Wilmore
By Van McNeil– 99.1 The Mix, Aug 24 2012 3:40PM
Who the heck is Larry Wilmore?
You may know him for his appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Emmy® Award winner Larry Wilmore has been a TV producer, actor, comedian and writer for more than 20 years. He has written for IN LIVING COLOR, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW (which he created and served as executive producer), THE PJ’S (which he co–created), THE OFFICE (on which he has appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant), and THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR. He won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a Peabody Award for his work on THE BERNIE MAC SHOW. He’s also an author and penned the book I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts and now he joins me to talk about his new special, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex from Utah”, set to air Saturday night at 11pm ET / 10pm CT only on Showtime! Take a listen to the interview and find out the special, his work on The Daily Show and LOTS more!
The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore talks ‘Race, Religion & Sex’ (Laughspin interview)
By Dylan Gadino– Laughspin, August 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm
Daily Show contributor, author, television writer and — whether you know it or not — hugely successful producer Larry Wilmore will debut his first comedy special Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex in Utah Saturday on Showtime at 11 pm ET. It isn’t your typical comedy special. Wilmore basically hosts a town meeting (in Utah!), taking questions from the audience, moderating debates and doing man-on-the-street pieces. He’s joined onstage by comedians Jeff Garlin and Andrea Savage, as well as Don Harwell (a Mormon leader) and gay rights activist Troy Williams.
Your special isn’t a typical stand-up special. So, can you tell me what we can expect?
It’s not a stand-up special. It’s more of a discussion talk show with comedy in it. Closer to what Bill Maher does than a stand-up special. The original idea was kind of ‘Larry Wilmore talks to America.’ And I wanted to do a show where, instead of just being in New York or Los Angeles, talking about the issues of the country, I wanted to actually go out to the country and talk to the people about the issues directly. And I picked Utah because I felt that Romney’s Mormonism is as unique to him in this election as Obama’s blackness was to him in the last election. There’s a monologue in the beginning, then a couple of filmed pieces in the show, like doing interviews with the Mayor, and then we have a panel discussion with a couple of celebrities.
So, the word on the street is this can turn into a regular series for Showtime, correct?
Well, let me just say that I like that there’s word on the street.
That’s very nice. Um, yes, there was always the possibility of that. You know, if everybody likes it and it seems like it has potential for that, then we’ll wait and see, you know. I think it’s hard to judge something until it actually gets on television, and then you’re able to see it as it exists on television. I know that sounds weird, but for some reason, you know, that’s what you look for. How people react and all those type of things. And we’re all happy with how it turned out. We had a lot of fun with this special.
Larry Wilmore on Race, Politics, and Mormonism
By David Haglund– Laughspin, Aug. 24, 2012, at 9:46 AM ET
Slate: What inspired this show?
Larry Wilmore: I think Romney’s Mormonism is as unique to this election as Obama’s blackness was in the last election. We’ve never had a Mormon candidate before. It’s a pretty big deal. And a lot of people don’t know about Mormonism—I certainly didn’t know a lot of the details. It’s unfortunate that Romney doesn’t talk about it too much. And he doesn’t have to talk about it. So I thought it would be good to go Salt Lake City. If you’re going to talk about Mormonism, go to the place that’s the heart of it.
Slate: There are a lot of people talking about Mormonism, joking about Mormonism, and what have you. But to actually go to Utah suggests you really want to learn about it.
Wilmore: Yeah. My goal was not just to have an opinion, and then tell jokes proving my opinion. I go to a place and make discoveries and have fun with the discoveries that I make. We had a black member of the LDS Church on the panel. His name is Don Harwell. He’s president of the Genesis Group, an African-American support group for Mormons. You talk about an outlier. It’s a very rare category: a black Mormon conservative. So I thought it would be good to have his voice on the show and hear from him directly, instead of trying to speak for someone like that, and assume we know how they think.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Senior Black Correspondent’ Larry Wilmore Talks ‘Race, Religion & Sex’
Yolanda Sangweni– Essence, Aug. 24, 2012
ESSENCE.com: So how does one become a senior Black correspondent?
LARRY WILMORE: You have to be the first. You demand the title.
ESSENCE.com: What are the job requirements?
WILMORE: You have to have a perspective of the Black experience from a senior level. You have to be on it.
ESSENCE.com: You’re doing first comedy special in Salt Lake City, Utah of all places. Why there?
WILMORE: Because there are more Black people in Utah than anywhere. [Laughs] I’m just kidding. But no, I thought that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is as unique as Barack Obama’s Blackness was in the last election. A lot of people don’t know about Mormonism so I thought it’d be great to do this special from there. The show’s kinda like a town hall meeting.
ESSENCE.com: Tough, and conservative crowd in Salt Lake City, no?
WILMORE: Here’s the thing you don’t know. Salt Lake City is a very progressive town. It was named the “gayest” city by the Advocate. It really is the gayest unknown city. Its like,’ where did all these gay people come from?’ It’s very progressive – there’s a big arts community there. We taped this a week ago and the audience loved the fact that we came to their town and had this discussion. People were really passionate.