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David Alan Grier

Actor and Comedian Known for his Work on the Sketch Comedy Television Show "In Living Color"

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David Alan Grier Biography

Countless theater, television, film, and comedic endeavors have charted David Alan Grier's career’s path to stellar heights, and his ability to excel across all mediums and contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comic timing and creative drive. The Tony and GRAMMY Award nominee was trained in Shakespeare at Yale where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Given David’s experiential background and artistic capability, it came as no surprise when Comedy Central named him as one of their “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.”

Grier made his film debut in "Streamers" (1983), directed by Robert Altman, for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. He appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie "Dance Flick" (2009).

In May 2013, David starred in the comedy "Peeples" opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. The film was produced by Tyler Perry. David also starred in "The Watsons Go To Birmingham," a Hallmark Channel adaptation of Paul Curtis’ 1996 Newbery Award-winning novel by the same name.

His television work is highlighted by a turn as principal cast member on the Emmy Award winning "In Living Color" (1990–1994) where he helped to create some of the show’s most memorable characters, "DAG" (2000–2001) and "Life with Bonnie" (2003), which earned an Image and Golden Satellite nomination. David created, wrote and executive produced a show for Comedy Central called "Chocolate News" (2008).

Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in "The First," for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the cast of "Dreamgirls" before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in "A Soldier’s Play," for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation titled "A Soldier’s Story."

In 2009/2010 Grier starred in David Mamet’s acclaimed play "Race" opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, for which he received his second Tony Award nomination. Grier received his third Tony Award nomination in 2012 for his "standout role of the rakish, drug-dealing Sporting Life" (NY Times) in The Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess." Grier received his first GRAMMY nomination when the cast recording of The Gershwin’s "Porgy & Bess" received a 2013 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.

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    Speaking fees for David Alan Grier, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book David Alan Grier are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and $20,000 - $30,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire David Alan Grier, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does David Alan Grier speak about?

    David Alan Grier is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Comedians, Television Personalities, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does David Alan Grier travel from?

    David Alan Grier generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is David Alan Grier’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like David Alan Grier for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Alan Grier for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host David Alan Grier or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Actor and Comedian Known for his Work on the Sketch Comedy Television Show "In Living Color"

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David Alan Grier Biography

Countless theater, television, film, and comedic endeavors have charted David Alan Grier's career’s path to stellar heights, and his ability to excel across all mediums and contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comic timing and creative drive. The Tony and GRAMMY Award nominee was trained in Shakespeare at Yale where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Given David’s experiential background and artistic capability, it came as no surprise when Comedy Central named him as one of their “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.”

Grier made his film debut in "Streamers" (1983), directed by Robert Altman, for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. He appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie "Dance Flick" (2009).

In May 2013, David starred in the comedy "Peeples" opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. The film was produced by Tyler Perry. David also starred in "The Watsons Go To Birmingham," a Hallmark Channel adaptation of Paul Curtis’ 1996 Newbery Award-winning novel by the same name.

His television work is highlighted by a turn as principal cast member on the Emmy Award winning "In Living Color" (1990–1994) where he helped to create some of the show’s most memorable characters, "DAG" (2000–2001) and "Life with Bonnie" (2003), which earned an Image and Golden Satellite nomination. David created, wrote and executive produced a show for Comedy Central called "Chocolate News" (2008).

Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in "The First," for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the cast of "Dreamgirls" before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in "A Soldier’s Play," for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation titled "A Soldier’s Story."

In 2009/2010 Grier starred in David Mamet’s acclaimed play "Race" opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, for which he received his second Tony Award nomination. Grier received his third Tony Award nomination in 2012 for his "standout role of the rakish, drug-dealing Sporting Life" (NY Times) in The Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess." Grier received his first GRAMMY nomination when the cast recording of The Gershwin’s "Porgy & Bess" received a 2013 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.

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FAQs on booking David Alan Grier

  • How do I book David Alan Grier to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like David Alan Grier for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for David Alan Grier, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for David Alan Grier or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for David Alan Grier

    Speaking fees for David Alan Grier, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book David Alan Grier are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and $20,000 - $30,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire David Alan Grier, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does David Alan Grier speak about?

    David Alan Grier is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Comedians, Television Personalities, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does David Alan Grier travel from?

    David Alan Grier generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is David Alan Grier’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like David Alan Grier for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Alan Grier for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host David Alan Grier or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

David Alan Grier is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David Alan Grier for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. David Alan Grier generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Wayne Brady, Tommy Davidson, Alonzo Bodden, Marlon Wayans and Damon Wayans, Sr.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Alan Grier for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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