Deon Cole won’t let fame and notoriety for his less humorous roles kill his comedy drive … even though he’s getting plenty of acclaim for his new dramatic project.
We caught the comedian ahead of the premiere of his new BET+ series “Average Joe” … which has already been drawing comparisons to “Ozark” for its dark, suburban storyline.
Deon tells us turning over a new leaf in his career doesn’t mean he’s burning down the forest he built on stand-up comedy — that’s still his bread and butter, and he says don’t expect him to bite his tongue in future comedy bits.
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He says he learned from Tom Hanks secondhand and credits his cast — which includes Tammy Townsend, Malcolm Barrett and Michael Trucco — for elevating his drama chops.
But Deon also tells us the series’ directors saw the depth of his acting ability, and gave him the shot of a lifetime!!!
No joke about it … “Average Joe” starts streaming Monday.