‘The Carmichael Show’: How A Live Audience Taught the NBC Comedy What It Couldn’t Say About Oprah

NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- 2017 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day -- NBC Session, "The Carmichael Show" -- Pictured: David Alan Grier -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCUniversal)

Here was the most important lesson IndieWire learned from the cast of “The Carmichael Show” during an NBC press day: Be careful what you say about Oprah, or your live audience will turn against you.

“There are things that you learn from your audience about what upsets them,” star Loretta Devine said. “We’ll find out something simple like you can’t talk about Oprah in certain situations. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was something like ‘if Oprah died…’ and they just weren’t having it. There are certain things you can’t say about Oprah. You can’t put ‘Oprah’ and ‘death’ in the same sentence.”

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But that doesn’t mean the NBC sitcom shies away from controversy. In fact, the exact opposite is true. “The Carmichael Show” built a reputation for taking on tough subjects during its first two seasons, and according to the cast the upcoming third season more than follows up on that, with episodes devoted to Joe (David Alan Grier) potentially having an illegitimate son, sexual assault, assisted suicide, “rules of being a black …read more

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