Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore may be known as the “old guy” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but he’s not that old. “I’m actually the exact same age as Barack Obama — not to compare myself to him,” says Wilmore, a.k.a. the show’s Senior Black -Correspondent.

Once an award-winning writer for shows such as In Living Color, The Bernie Mac Show and The PJs (which he co-created), he most recently rose to fame onscreen thanks to The Daily Show and a guest appearance on the “Diversity Day” episode of The Office. “I gave up my life as a very successful producer to be a struggling actor,” he says. “I’m doing a Benjamin Button-type thing with my career.

Wilmore’s newest venture is a book, I’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, which he’ll release today with a talk hosted by Progressive Forum Houston. In the collection of essays, Wilmore tackles politics, history and comedy with a Daily Show sensibility. In one musing, he suggests African Americans should start asking to be referred to as chocolate. “Who doesn’t like chocolate?” he asks.

Behind a camera, in writing or on screen, Wilmore tackles the media’s obsession with black issues in a style that’s as hilarious as it is insightful. This includes everyone’s obsession with the man of the hour and his heritage. “It’s such a big deal that Barack Obama is president, but after a while it’s just gonna be no big deal, which I think is even more significant and progressive,” he says, then adds, “but it’s very cool that he is black.” 7:30 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For tickets and information, call 713-664-0020 or visit www.progressiveforumhouston.org. $14 to $74.


Wed., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2009

 


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