Lil Rel Howery On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Lil Rel Howery On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor and comedian:


Here’s what they got to talk about with a rising star and one of the most likable guys in Hollywood:

  • His West Side Chicago upbringing in a tight-knit family of educators
  • Feeling like Steve Urkel when he got to public school and having to dumb himself down
  • Acting on “The Carmichael Show”, the genius of Jerrod Carmichael and why it was cancelled
  • Tears of joy over his friend Tiffany Haddish getting her big break in “Girls Trip
  • The genius of the film “Get Out” and how it uniquely addresses the issue of race
  • Why they chose to use an alternate ending of “Get Out” than the one originally scripted
  • Positives from being casted in the remake of “In Living Color” that ended up never airing
  • Learning to produce and write on truTV’s sketch-comedy “Friends Of The People”
  • Valuable comedic advice that Rel gave Jasmin which had a huge impact on her
  • The late great Kevin Barnett loving to bomb on stage and what Rel learned from him
  • Talib’s beef with Rel’s film “The Photograph” and Bill Bellamy in “Love Jones”
  • The lack of respect for Black shows over the years like “Roc” and others
  • Playing the character of Charlie in “Bird Box” giving him anxiety
  • Quitting on the first day of “Bad Trip” after he was chased by a knife-wielding barber
  • The kindness of bystanders in “Bad Trip” and a moment that had Rel feeling bad
  • Acting in the movie “Good Boys” and the seamless chemistry between him and Retta
  • Finding John Cena to be hilarious when he worked with him on “Vacation Friends
  • The intense rivalry between Michael Jackson and Prince and the legacy of James Brown
  • The funniest moments from Rel’s HBO special “Live In Crenshaw”
  • Learning from J.B. Smoove how to milk a joke and Smoove’s love in Chicago
  • Rel’s speech on the Jimmy Kimmel show in the wake of the Breonna Taylor murder
  • The love and support from his friend Naya Rivera and how much he misses her
  • His role in the film “Judas And The Black Messiah” and the legend of Fred Hampton
  • Landing a voice acting gig as the Angel/Devil in the 2021 “Tom And Jerry Movie”
  • Working alongside Kevin Hart in the movie “Fatherhood
  • Getting to play himself in the new “Space Jam” and working with director Malcolm D. Lee
  • Acting in “Free Guy” alongside one of his favorite actors Ryan Reynolds
  • The term NPC (non-player character) being weaponized online
  • The upcoming movie “Deep Water”, starring Rel, Ben Affleck, and others
  • What Rel is most excited for next in his career

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