After taking home plenty of Emmys last month, the new season of Modern Family is proving that it deserved every one of them with yet another solid start to their third season. However, I have to say I’m not particularly excited about their newest guest star addition. EW has word that comedian Kevin Hart (Death at a Funeral, Little Fockers) has landed a role as Phil and Claire Dunphy’s new neighbor who is apparently a physician named Andre. Likely his job will be somewhat important to guest turn, but we’re not sure how. The reason this doesn’t thrill me all that much is that I’m not really a big fan of his stand-up routine, and his appearances in the aforementioned comedies have done little to impress me either. It’s interesting to note though that Hart did appear in Soul Plane with series star Sofia Vergara, and even more interesting to think about the fact that likely no one has talked about that film since its release in 2004.
With so much drama in the L.B.C., it must be time for Snoop Dogg to do some comedy. It seems the hip-hop icon is developing a family sitcom for Warner Bros. in which he would star as a father.
The project would team the rapper with producer Don Reo, who has written for Everybody Hates Chris, M*A*S*H, and Golden Girls. Reo also created the Damon Wayans sitcom My Wife and Kids for ABC and Brothers for Fox, which featured Snoop in a two-episode arc. The pro-pot Snoop has previous small screen experience as the head of a household from his VH1 reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, which followed him and his family around and aired for two seasons in 2007 and 2008. Before that, he produced and starred in the sketch show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle for MTV and has been seen roasting Flavor Flav and Donald Trump (see video below) in each of their Comedy Central Roasts.
While Snoop is not a comedian, you can’t deny that he’s a natural entertainer. He showed considerable joke-telling chops during the aforementioned roasts and has been featured in enough television shows and bit parts in films (Huggy Bear in Starsky & Hutch, anyone?) that headlining a sitcom wouldn’t be completely new territory for him.
That said, he couldn’t carry a show by himself. With the right supporting cast, and more importantly, the right vision for the show, it could certainly be a reasonable success. I’m hoping the show will be less broad, joke-delivery humor, like either of Tyler Perry’s TBS sitcoms, and more honest and edgy, more akin to The Bernie Mac Show.
In addition to his possible foray into network sitcoms, Snoop Dogg is set to star in a stoner-comedy flick with fellow marijuana enthusiast and rising hip-hop star, Wiz Khalifa. The film is titled High School (get it?) and according to Snoop on the red carpet of the BMI Urban Awards, it’s done shooting and is currently being edited with a soundtrack in the works.
That’s a lot of comedy related work on a rapper’s resume, but I guess when you have Snoop’s laid back attitude and have been in the game for as long as he has, the gangster in you turns into a pot-smoking, pimp-clown. Here’s hoping we can each find that in ourselves too.