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Connector of the Day: David Alan Grier

October 13th, 2009
08:59 PM ET

LONDON, England - Just one week ago, a skit on Saturday Night Live mocking Barack Obama for his lack of progress after nine months in office was seen to mark "the end of the honeymoon" for the new U.S. president.

Grier has turned his comedic eye on Obama.

Grier has turned his comedic eye on Obama.

"When you look at my record," said comedian Fred Armisen in the role of President Obama, "it's very clear what I've done so far - and that is nothing."

And then Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The gloves are now clearly off for late night comedians in the U.S. who have been busy working up new material to entertain an audience ready to subject America's first black president to comedic scrutiny.

One of the comedians using Obama as inspiration is David Alan Grier. Television viewers may remember him from the series "In Living Color," but he's also a Broadway actor and the author of a new book "Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth."

The book, described as a part-memoir, charts the two years leading up to President Obama's historic victory in the U.S. presidential elections.

The book talks about how life has changed for black people in the U.S. now that they have a black president, and reflects on what Grier calls a "magic negro." (He says President Obama is clearly not one of them).

Grier calls Obama a "really cool customer," who provided comedians with a challenge to nail down the personality of the new administration before they could start unleashing their comedic wit, or venom, depending on your point of view.

What would you ask David Alan Grier? Should race issues be a 'no-go area' for comedy? And is Barack Obama ripe target for comedians' ridicule?

Send us your questions and we'll put them to Grier in Connect the World on Wednesday night.