Before Chappelle’s Show, Key & Peele and sitcoms such as Black-ish and Atlanta, In Living Color not only launched the careers of A-list actors like Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx, it revolutionized comedy and brought hip hop culture to the forefront. In Homey Don't Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution (37 INK /, 2018), journalist David Peisner interviews the cast, writers, producers, and network execs on how the beloved 90s sketch show helped make it possible to talk —and, yes, even laugh —about race. The show celebrated Black culture, and challenged censorship and stereotypes in a way that even Saturday Night Live could not accomplish. Scrupulously researched, skillfully written, and highly informative, Homey Don't Play That! is a book no connoisseur of pop culture will want to be without.
David Peisner is a freelance writer based in Decatur, Georgia. He has been writing about music, film, television, books, politics, technology, sports and world affairs for a wide array of publications for more than 20 years. He’s written cover stories for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Spin, Billboard, Vibe and Nylon, and been a contributor to The New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York, Details, Esquire, Playboy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and BuzzFeed. Peisner is the co-author of Steve-O’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Professional Idiot.