David Alan Grier is Still Colorful

Minor celebrities are often doomed to live out their careers remembered primarily for that one thing they did that was really famous. For comedian David Alan Grier, that’s probably Antoine Merriweather, his flamboyant pop-culture commentator from the early 1990s show In Living Color. But say what you will about the D-list hell that gets you on Dancing With the Stars (Grier was on a couple of years ago), there’s no denying that the actor has kept himself busy since then. Besides starring in a number of short-lived TV series — most notably DAG, in which he played a secret agent, and Chocolate News, his recently canceled “black” version of a 60 Minutes-style news magazine — he’s authored a book that’s both a memoir and a reflection on Barack Obama’s presidency (Barack Like Me) and has been a longtime fixture on Loveline.

He’s also kept to his roots in good old standup. Grier’s affable, anecdotal style is laid-back enough that even his jokes about smoking crack seem gentle and everyman enough to make for pleasant, low-impact laughs. Tonight through Saturday, he’ll bring those jokes and more to the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets go for $25 ($30 for the weekend shows); for the full schedule or to make reservations, call 303-595-3637 or visit www.comedyworks.com.
Feb. 24-26, 2011