Neal Brennan On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’
On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with critically acclaimed comedian, writer, producer, and director Neal Brennan. They discuss Brennan’s profound Netflix special “3 Mics,” writing for SNL, as well as his work on “The Chappelle Show” — where he wrote and produced virtually every sketch in tandem with Chappelle.
Later, Kweli, Jasmin, and Neal talk about his relationship with Dave and the aftermath of the show’s abrupt ending. The wide-ranging conversation includes stories of white friends asking Neal how to make black friends, Kweli and Neal sharing stories of their first meetings with Chappelle, Neal’s cameo in “Half Baked” becoming a meme, his friend Ellen’s much-criticized selfie with George W. Bush, as well as the “political news comedy” genre and the impact of comedians like John Oliver and Trevor Noah during the Trump era.
Later on in the show, Neal and Talib share experiences with people telling them how their work — Talib’s song “Get By” and Neal’s stand up content covering depression — has helped them overcome trying times. They also go on to speak about Kanye West’s struggles with identity, the low bar of modern-day journalism, and comedy stylings that are long overdue for retirement.