The Queensborough Performing Arts Center will be full of laughs this month, when David Alan Grier stops by.
The center, which is part of Queensborough Community College’s campus, will feature Grier and his comedic talents at a show on March 15 at 8 p.m. Audiences are sure to spend the entirety of the performance with smiles on their faces, as they witness the unique talents that have taken the comedian from the small screen to the big screen, to Broadway and beyond.
Although Grier started in dramatic work, getting nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Jackie Robinson in Broadway musical “The First,” his breakout appearance was as a cast member on the early 90s sketch show, “In Living Color.” Grier became popular on the show for his wide variety of characters, which ranged from the elderly Mr. Brooks to the blues musician Calhoun Tubbs to Antoine Merriweather, a gay culture critic.
After “In Living Color” was cancelled, Grier started performing stand-up comedy and found so much success in the role that he included on Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” He also hosted “Premium Blend,” a stand-up comedy series, on the network for its 2001 season.
In the cinemas, Grier could be seen in comedies like “Blankman,” blockbusters like “Jumanji” and children’s flicks such as “Stuart Little.” He also appeared frequently as the guest host of the radio call-in program, “Loveline.”
Lately, Grier has returned to his Broadway roots, earning a second Tony nomination for his performance in David Mamet’s “RACE.” In 2012, the gained a third nomination for his work in “The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.”
In the next stage of his career, Grier will be appearing as a main cast member in a new CBS series titled “Bad Teacher.” Premiering on April 24, he will star as Principal Carl Gaines in this continuation of the 2011 movie that starred Cameron Diaz.
“[Grier] will have us laughing from the moment he starts to speak. We are thrilled to welcome him to QPAC with his special brand of finesse and dry wit,” Susan Agin, artistic and executive director of QPAC, said.
Grier’s opening act is Godfrey, an American comedian and actor who has appeared on BET, VH1 and Comedy Central. He has had recurring roles on hit shows like “Louie” and has appeared in “30 Rock,” “Soul Place” and “Zoolander” over the course of his career.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the QPAC box office at (718) 631-6311. Tickets cost $40 per person.