THE CARMICHAEL SHOW
Starring: Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, with Loretta Devine, and David Alan Grier
Created by Nicholas Stoller, Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, and Willie Hunter
Story by Nicholas Stoller, Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, & Willie Hunter, Directed by Mark Cendrowski
The Carmichael Show is a new sitcom based on the stand-up of comedian Jerrod Carmichael. The best way to describe it is a black version of Everybody Loves Raymond. Carmichael plays a character named after himself and he has recently moved in with girlfriend Maxine (Amber Stevens West). They must deal with Jerrod's overbearing parents, Cynthia and Joe (Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier). Rounding out the main cast is Jerrod's brother, Bobby (Lil Rey Howery) and Bobby's ex-wife, Nekeisha (Tiffany Haddish).
The episode really improved once Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier appeared. I have found Grier annoying in the past but he was funny here and slightly more mellowed. Or maybe he just appeared mellow because Loretta Devine was so outrageous. But she was outrageous in a good way with an exaggerated voice and a sense of self-righteousness that could have been annoying but was actually pretty hysterical. While the Republican debate has already been done on Black-ish this past season, the discussion about prayer and the Bible was pretty funny.