On this Christmas Eve, Press Play re-airs some favorite interviews of the year. Sopan Deb shares how his Indian heritage informs his standup comedy. The documentary “Mr. SOUL!” looks at a 1970s-era TV show with a then-radical idea to portray the complexity of Black culture. “Talking Heads” frontman David Byrne talks about “American Utopia,” his Broadway show that turned into a film.
Christmas Eve special: Sopan Deb, ‘Mr. SOUL!’ and David Byrne
From this Episode:
In ‘Missed Translations,’ Sopan Deb reconnects with his estranged immigrant parents
When you’re a stand-up comedian and the children of immigrants, you harvest your Hindu heritage for material for the stage. For Sopan Deb, he had an unhappy childhood, and...
How Ellis Haizlip showed the complexity of Black culture on the 70s-era TV show ‘SOUL!’
Once upon a time in America, there was a TV talk show that was unapologetically Black. Guests were writer James Baldwin, poet Amiri Baraka, religious leader and activist...