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The Carmichael Show: Why Tragedy Can Be Funny!

By   |   August 26, 2015   |   Entertainment

On the new series The Carmichael Show┬áΓÇô premiering tonight on NBC ΓÇô comedian Jerrod Carmichael isn’t shying away from tough subjects. Instead, he and his all-star cast are finding the comedy within. Bring on the hilarious black funerals!

“A guy who wasn’t particularly good-looking died and I went to the wake ΓǪ everyone was crying,” says David Alan Grier, who plays Jerrod’s father. “And then one of his boys yells out, ‘that’s the best that MF ever looked!’ People started laughing so hard, they were heaving.”

“Humor inevitably comes in real life,” Jerrod explains, “You can’t be afraid to go a very real and honest place; perhaps a tense moment. Even when I’ve lost a loved one, during the services, at some point, we find the humor and that’s what makes us human and makes us amazing.”

Jerrod believes realness is the essence of comedy. “When you see someone talking about something very real and deep and very honest, you connect on a level you didn’t know you could, and that creates the biggest response.”

We’ll have the tissues handy tonight ΓÇô for our crying/laughing fits.

The Carmichael Show, which also stars Diva herself Loretta Divine,  premieres with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday Aug. 26 at 9 p.m on NBC.

photo credit: NBC

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