Well, it was fun (not funny, just fun) while it lasted. This week we learned that CNN and Comedy Central handed pink slips to D.L. Hughley and David Alan Grier, respectively, pulling the plug on both D.L. Hughley Breaks the News and Chocolate News by the end of the month. And while we loved the idea of having two late night news commentary shows hosted by two funny black guys, the shows just weren't good.
It seemed like D.L. put more time into his outfit than his jokes, and D.A.G.'s writing team seemed like they haven't left their homes since In Living Color was still on TV. That said, we think if CNN or Comedy Central really wanted to hear what the other half thinks about what's going on in the world, there are a lot of other black comedians they should have called on....
• While his role as Leon Black on Curb Your Enthusiasm was the first time many people saw the former back up dancer, Smoove has been putting in work for a minute, landing roles in films like Pootie Tang and Mr. Deeds, as well as winning a Writers Guild of America award for his work on Saturday Night Live. Once, when asked about his Leon character, Smoove said, "It's like he's got controlled Tourette's. In life, you need somebody like that." Every news station definitely needs somebody like that. Someone that keeps 'em honest with no bias and no bull. Word to Anderson and Campbell.
• Even though she's already had two failed television shows of her own, we think Wanda would kill it as the host of a news show. Why? Besides of the fact that she was awesome as a correspondent for HBO's "Inside the NFL," she used to work for the NSA right out of college and was chosen to perform at the 2009 White Correspondents' Association Dinner. Performers from the past couple years include Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and David Lettermen, all dudes who have successful shows...you seeing a connection here?
• If the people at Comedy Central want to reboot Chocolate News, they could very well tap Kyle Grooms to replace David Alan Grier. The Jersey Native would be perfect for all the skits since dude is an impersonation champ. Even though his mannerisms and voice resemeble Grier's, his jokes and skits won't harken back to the In Living Color days.
• Even though Katt Williams supposedly retired from comedy after supposedly suffering a mental breakdown, we think the erratic comedian would do just fine behind the desk of a weekly countdown show, going off on all the silly shit that's happened in the news. Which is exactly what most of his latest stand up special, "It's Pimpin, Pimpin'" was. If you weren't able to catch it, we suggest you watch his "Tink Tink" , "Tiger" and Cloned Meat.
• Without Paul Mooney, none of the aforementioned people would even be working. Richard Pryor's main writer helped set the blueprint for most of today's black comedians. One of our favorite Mooney characters of late was Negrodamus, where Mooney would give "answers to life's most unsolvable mysteries." Who better to make sense of all the craziness going on in the world today?