Funnyman David Alan Grier
says he'd like to join his former In Living Color
castmates ? including Jim Carrey
, Damon Wayans
, Keenan Ivory Wayans
and Tommy Davidson
? for a reunion of the Fox sketch comedy show. Finding time would be difficult, he says, but not impossible.
"It could be really great as a movie or HBO special, but everyone would have to want to do it and just come back in the room like we did before," says Grier, who stars this fall on the new NBC sitcom DAG (Tuesdays, 9:30 pm/ET). In his latest role, Grier plays a disgraced Secret Service agent assigned to guard the first lady (Delta Burke) after dodging a bullet meant for the president.
Grier's DAG character is quite a departure from the In Living Color creation that put him on the map ? flamboyant film critic Antoine Merriwether. The actor says he'd like to someday see the return of Antoine but, again, only under the right circumstances. "There's nothing worse than bringing back a character you and other people love and it's not done right ? then it just kills the whole thing," he says. "It's like you have the dream of your high school boyfriend and you see him and he's fat and bald and you're like, 'Oh, my God.' "
And, as far as Grier is concerned, no variety show has been able to fill the void left by In Living Color ? certainly not Fox's Mad TV. "It has never ever captured America's imagination," he says. "I mean, people watch it, they do funny stuff, not to knock it, but I'm just saying that In Living Color captured America the way Saturday Night Live did when it first started.
"There has not been another show since In Living Color to actually do that," he adds. "[That's] for another generation of comics to do."