American comic Jerrod Carmichael landed a HBO special in 2014, Love at the Store, which was directed by Spike Lee. But many Americans will recognize him as Garf from the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron film Neighbors. With Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller, Carmichael is now starring in his own sitcom, which is loosely based on his life, The Carmichael Show. Carmichael plays himself. On TV, he hesitates to tell his parents (Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier) about his decision to live with his uber therapist girlfriend.
All the funny people in Hollywood are rooting for Jerrod and The Carmichael Show to succeed. Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, even the King of Sitcoms Norman Lear took to Twitter to encourage America to watch the show. The Daily Beast claims “Jerrod Carmichael Will Save the Sitcom.” Think he can? The Carmichael Show premieres on August 26 at 9pm and 9:30pm on NBC.