The amazing George Wallace will be honored with his own episode of “Unsung Hollywood” tonight on TV One. The show will follow his lengthy and highly successful career as a stand-up comedian, with his friends Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld singing his praises.
Rolling out caught up with George Wallace in a phone interview to discuss whether he approves of the episode, his upcoming project with Snoop Dogg, and being LeBron James’ father.
You’re in Las Vegas right now?
I am in Las Vegas right now, tomorrow I will be in Atlanta.
What did you think about your “Unsung Hollywood” episode?
Well, you never know what to expect, but I watched it and I enjoyed it. It was the best thing done on me so far. I don’t know if it was because my best friends are in it, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, I don’t know what it is. But I think they did a wonderful job, you know? I hope that people love it.
You were born and raised in Atlanta, but you left for a long time, right?
Yes, I lived in Akron, Ohio. LeBron James is my son, so I’ve been up there quite a while. Then I moved to New York City [to be a comedian]. I wanted to be a comedian since I was 2 years old.
When did you move back to Atlanta?
I didn’t move back, I just got places there; I live in New York City, I live in Las Vegas, I live in Stone Mountain, I live in Buckhead.
What new up-and-coming comedic acts do you admire?
Greg Morton, a Black kid from Canada, oh my God, he’s killin’ it. He does voices, he has a song, “Obamaman,” check that out. There’s a guy named Mell Hall … he’s half Black, half Japanese; he gets crazy.
Also, Nephew Tommy and Big Head Rickey Smiley. I taught all these kids what to do.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
We’ve got “K.C. Undercover” on Disney [Channel]. I’ve got two movies coming out, one with Snoop Dogg and DeRay Davis called Grow House. And a new movie called Jerico that’s due out in 2016. So after being in Las Vegas 10 years, I wanted to get back out into the stream of doing clubs and movies and television, so I’ve been very blessed to do that.
“Unsung Hollywood” featuring George Wallace premieres Wednesday, July 29 at 8 p.m.EST on TV One.