David Alan Grier:
Countless theater, television, film and comedic endeavors have pushed David Alan
Grier's career to remarkable heights and his ability to excel across all mediums and
contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comic timing and creative drive. The
three-time Tony and GRAMMY Award nominee was trained in Shakespeare at Yale
where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Grier has enjoyed many
accolades and awards throughout his career, not the least of which was his inclusion on
Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”
On the big screen, David Alan Grier was recently seen starring in WE THE PEEPLES,
produced by Tyler Perry, opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. Grier made
his film debut in STREAMERS (1983), directed by Robert Altman for which he won the
Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. He also appeared in the Wayans
Brothers’ spoof movie DANCE FLICK (2009).
Grier’s television work is highlighted by a turn as principal cast member on the Emmy
Award winning In Living Color (1990–1994) where he helped to create some of the
show’s most memorable characters, DAG (2000–2001) and Life with Bonnie (2003)
which earned an Image and Golden Satellite nomination. David created, wrote and
executive produced a show for Comedy Central called Chocolate News (2008). Last fall,
David starred in THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, a Hallmark Channel
adaptation of Paul Curtis’ 1996 Newbery Award-winning novel by the same name. Grier
recently wrapped shooting a starring role as ‘Principal Carl Gaines’ in a new series for
CBS, Bad Teacher.
Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in The First, for
which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won
the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the cast of Dreamgirls before going on
to star opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier’s Play, for which both actors reprised
their roles in the film adaptation, A SOLDIER’S STORY (1984).
In 2009/2010 Grier starred in David Mamet’s acclaimed play RACE opposite James
Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway for which he
received his second Tony Award nomination. Grier received the third Tony Award
nomination of his career in 2012 for his performance in the "stand-out role of the rakish,
drug-dealing Sporting Life" (NY Times) in The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. Grier received
his first GRAMMY nomination when the cast recording of The Gershwin’s Porgy &
Bess received a 2013 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.
Helen Hong is a comedian, TV host, matchmaker, and star of Logo Channel’s reality dating series “Setup Squad.” Helen’s adorable stage presence and mischievous point of view have landed her on The Huffington Post’s Favorite Female Comedians list and a profile in The New York Times. She’s been featured on E!, TLC, and is a frequent host of the PBS syndicated talk show “Asian America.”
As a standup comedian, Helen’s “cute little Asian girl” demeanor leaves audiences totally unprepared for her naughty and irreverent material. She was a semi-finalist in the 2008 and 2007 NY’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition, was selected for the Emerging Comics Showcase at the 2007 NYC Underground Comedy Festival, and was a semi-finalist in the 2006 California’s Funniest Female Contest. Helen has performed across the country, including at The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, in Puerto Rico for Armed Services Entertainment, and at dozens of colleges and universities.
Helen is the creator and host of a popular comedy-matchmaking event called “Laugh Match.” She stars as a professional wing-woman in Logo Channel’s “Setup Squad,” a reality series about a New York dating agency. When she’s not playing cupid or making people laugh, Helen enjoys karaoke, NPR, and cheese.