XXL Q&A: Affion Crockett
Comedian Affion Crockett is ready to take over Sunday nights with his new sketch comedy Fox show, In the Flow With Affion Crockett. Executive produced by both Crockett and fellow comedian Jamie Foxx, In the Flow with Affion Crockett will find the funny man spoofing movie trailers, commercials, TV shows, music videos and celebrities, among other skits.
Far from an overnight success, Crockett, an avid B-boy since his childhood days, put breaking on hold to begin his stand-up career in the early 90s. While performing in a LA night club, he caught the attention of talent scout Bob Sumner and that led to his big break: an appearance on the groundbreaking show Def Comedy Jam. After his stint there, Crockett went on to join the cast of MTV's hip-hop improv program, Wild 'N Out, where he stole the show with quick-witted punch lines battling some of hip hop’s biggest names.
Now, the YouTube sensation plans on showing network television audiences unfamiliar with his vast body of work why millions of others have already jumped on the Crockett bandwagon. On the eve of the Aug. 14th premiere of his show (at 9pm), the comedian caught up with XXL to discuss his upcoming show, YouTube Spoofs and his favorite MCs. —Mike Hennix
XXL: How did In the Flow With Affion Crockett come about?
Affion Crockett: My partner Carl Jones, he’s a producer on the [show] Boondocks. We went to high school together. That’s one of my good friends out here in Hollywood. He called me up one day and was like, ‘I wanna take some of your YouTube joints to my agent because I believe we can have a good meeting with Fox. I believe they are looking for some sketch comedy’. We just compiled all my videos onto a reel and they were diggin it and they paired me up with Jaime [Foxx] for some name value so he could introduce me to the world.
How do you feel about comparisons to to SNL, MADtv, and In Living Color?
I never run from those comparisons. I actually, in the first episode, address those. I learned from every show you just named. I’m a fan of In Living Color I’m a fan of SNL especially when Eddie Murphy was on. The Chris Farley years, they had a lot of good years. Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell killed it. The format is somewhat the same where I come out and host and then I introduce the sketches that are pre-taped. Its pretty much me. Its my YouTube Channel. I have a different brand of comedy. It’s hip-hop, its for this generation, that MADtv would never touch on and SNL could never touch on. This is the voice of our people.
Are you going to have musical performances on your show?
We actually don’t have performers. That’s the one element that I really wanted that we weren’t able to get around to this first season. Personally, if I had my wish list, it would be people like the Roots, Talib [Kweli], [Dr.] Dre, Snoop, Little Brother. I would want to give Nas and my hip-hop heroes a platform. What show can you tune in to where you actually see Rakim performing in 2011?
Sunday August 14th 9pm-10pm we got two back to back episodes for the premiere night. Let me tell the hip-hop community we need those numbers to be astronomical. I need the hip-hop community to understand this is our show. I got [support from] Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Russell Simmons and Michael Strahan. Embrace it. Its our show. There’s only one black show on network TV right now and that’s mine. That’s a sad statistic but we gotta change that by supporting this one, so they’ll open the flood gates for Black shows.
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