Larry Wilmore, Senior Black Correspondent, and author of I’d Rather We Got Casinos.
Okay, so this has nothing to do with art. But I dig the Daily Show. And last week, at a very crowded, very noisy downtown bar I assaulted Larry Wilmore, the program’s Senior Black Correspondent, and managed to rope him into helping us kick off a new, irregular feature for the blog: the C-Mon Questionnaire.
It didn’t hurt my case that Wilmore is promoting a new book, I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts. The comedian has done time as an ink-stained wretch before, serving as a writer on programs such as In Living Color and Bernie Mac – and he is now in the process of developing a show for HBO. He was kind enough to answer our incisive questions about who he’d like to see duke it out in a celebrity death match and what kinda chocolate he’d like to be.
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When you were a kid, what did you like to draw?
Rocket ships. I was a huge space fan. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. It didn’t happen because I have bad eyesight. Plus, at the time, NASA wasn’t very brother-friendly.
What’s the desktop wallpaper on your computer?
I have an image of a lone helicopter in the sky. It was during the writer’s strike — on Hollywood Boulevard, last year. I just shot an image of the sky and there was one lone helicopter there.
What was the last picture you took?
It was at the Inauguration. It was of the crowd — which was bigger than anything I’ve ever seen. I don’t usually like huge crowds, but I made a commitment to go because this was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
Who is your favorite dead artist?
Marx and Lennon. Groucho and John. Very funny, very influential, very talented and they both influenced me a lot.
If you were to die and come back as a work of art, what would it be?
I would not want to come back as a work of art. I don’t want to be an imitation or a representation of something. I want to come back as something that is alive. And I don’t want to come back as something that can get eaten. I’m all about top of the food chain.
What two artists or entertainers would you want to see duke it out in a celebrity death match?
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith against Beyonce and Jay-Z. In my mind, Jada can take all of them, including Will. She’s feisty. She’s like a little pit bull. On the other hand, Puffy and Kanye could have a punk-off. That’d be good, too.
If there’s one thing you could change about your profession, what would it be?
I would take all the executives out — by the knees.
What’s the biggest stereotype about comedians?
That they’re funny. Many comedians are very horrible, dark, depressive people. Many are joyless and mean spirited. They’re just good at doing comedy.
You say that you prefer the term “chocolate” to “Black” or “African-American.” What kind of chocolate are you?
An Almond Joy. You could have half of me and still have a whole.
Do you believe what you say?
I don’t believe anything anybody says — especially myself.