February 19, 2014 (Bayside, N.Y.) – The multi-talented David Alan Grier (DAG), whose career boasts spectacular successes in virtually all creative mediums, will bring his contagious laughter and thought-provoking comedy to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), on March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
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. David 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 could recently be 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 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). This past fall 2013, David starred in THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, a Hallmark Channel adaptation of Paul Curtis’ 1996 Newbery Award-winning novel by the same name.
Up next, Grier will be seen starring as ‘Principal Carl Gaines’ in a new series, “Bad Teacher”, set to premiere on April 24th on CBS.
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.
“DAG 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,” said Susan Agin, Artistic and Executive Director of QPAC.
Opening for DAG is Godfrey, whose winning comedic style has earned him the spotlight on stages from New York and Los Angeles to Dubai. Along with his own one-hour special on Comedy Central, Godfrey recently starred in the FX pilot Bronx Warrants, adding to his onscreen credits which include Zoolander, 30 Rock and a recurring role on Louie.
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Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; and mor recently Dionne Warwick, Joan Rivers, Joel Grey, Robert Klein, Ben Vereen, Wayne Newton, Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, Norm Lewis, Rob Schneider, Tommy Tune, Betty Buckley, and Michael Bolton.