WHITE FAMOUS: Utkarsh Ambudkar on playing an agent on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Utkarsh Ambudkar as Malcolm in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Michael Desmond

In WHITE FAMOUS, which just completed its first season on Showtime, Jay Pharoah portrays standup comic Floyd Mooney, who is trying to balance his original fan base with “breakout” fame. Utkarsh Ambudcar plays Floyd’s agent Malcolm. Ambudcar, originally from Maryland, has an arc on THE MINDY PROJECT as the heroine’s relative. He’s also been in a host of other series and films, including PITCH PERFECT and BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT. Often, actors have to go into strange surroundings to research their characters, but most of them have met at least a few agents. Ambudkar talks about playing someone from the […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Co-creator Tom Kapinos chats about new Showtime series – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 Key Art | ©2017 Showtime

Showtime’s Sunday-night half-hour comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life of Jamie Foxx. Jay Pharoah plays Floyd Mooney, balancing the success he enjoys as a standup comedian among black audiences with trying to work as an actor and gain traction with white viewers. Tom Kapinos, who had previously created Showtime’s long-running dark comedy CALIFORNICATION, created WHITE FAMOUS with Buddy Lewis and Chris Spencer. He talks about the series’ beginnings and how it all works. ASSIGNMENT X: How did WHITE FAMOUS come together? Did Jamie Foxx come to you with it? TOM KAPINOS: No. Showtime came to me a […]Read On »

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WHITE FAMOUS: Actors Kendrick Sampson and Lyndon Smith on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Jay Pharoah as Floyd and Kendrick Sampson as Robbie in WHITE FAMOUS - Season 1 | ©2017 Showtime/Eddy Chen

Showtime’s first-season comedy WHITE FAMOUS is loosely based on the life and career of one of its executive producers, Jamie Foxx. In WHITE FAMOUS, Jay Pharoah stars as stand-up comedian Floyd Mooney. Floyd is famous in the black community, but his non-black representatives are urging him to take acting roles so he can become “white famous.” Kendrick Sampson plays British actor Robbie MacDonald, a possible Floyd rival, and Lyndon Smith plays Gwen, a possible Floyd romance. Sampson is a veteran of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, GRACEPOINT, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, is in the upcoming series RELATIONSHIP STATUS, and has […]Read On »

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