Brandon Kyle Goodman talks art, advocacy and his solo piece “The Latrell Show” on “Acting Up”

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The “Big Mouth” actor talks about being black and queer and his solo project in the latest episode of the Cortney Willis-hosted podcast of Grio.

Brandon Kyle Goodman may be best known for his hit series Netflix Big mouth, but the actor, writer and activist has many talents in his arsenal.

Goodman has graced the screen in projects like Feel the beat and Amazon’s rom-com anthology series Modern love, and he recently signed with the famous Big mouth spin off, Human ressources.

During a recent episode of To act, he spoke about his activism and engaging IG account where he constantly serves tons of inspiration and weighs in on everything from gender issues to race issues to our ongoing fight for equality.

“Growing up I didn’t have a lot of people to look up to who were blatantly queer and black and non-binary, so I clung to certain people,” he explains.

“I definitely clung to RuPaul and Wanda sykes and some people, but there just wasn’t a wide range of different types of people and types of comedy.

My hope when I’m on social media is that I can be a light for someone else who also comes into the community or is looking to see someone who looks like them; it’s black, but also strange and comfortable in these two spaces.

The Queens native who received his BFA from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, is using his platform for good, constantly encouraging his supporters to donate to organizations like The Innocence project, The deposit project, Black Trans Travel Fund and Black lives matter.

Goodman also provided details on his solo piece, The Latrell Show for IAMA Theater Company and revealed how he cultivated the character to help him navigate his own journey.

“I started playing this character about ten years ago, and his name is Latrell Jackson and he’s a talk show host who has that New York, kinda Harlem, I’m from Queens kinda like him. subject, “Goodman said, adding,” But he’s extremely female and extremely comfortable in his flamboyance and blackness and homosexuality, which in many ways was me in my twenties trying to accommodate intersections of my identity and finally to find the safe space on stage to do it, “he said. said.

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The black comedy explores what it’s like to be black and queer in America through Jackson, a hilarious and opinionated talk show host. As Latrell films a “very special” episode giving hot views on his favorite hot topics, the world’s issues begin to compromise his personality.

“Latrell was my coping mechanism. So in the show you see how Latrell becomes someone else’s coping mechanism. The show really investigates the mental aerobics of being black in corporate America and our sanity and resilience, but also our pain.

And I say I want black people to feel seen and validated on the show. And I want non-blacks and whites to feel the experience. “

Written and performed by Goodman and co-directed by the IAMA Co-Artistic Director Stefanie Black and member of the company Devere rogers, The Latrell Show is truly an experience.

“It was intimidating to come back in there without an audience, especially without having this immediate return. It was really scary and then also I was like, “Can I talk for 90 minutes and make it interesting?” My mom was a solo artist and my grandmother was a minister, so trusting my heritage and believing that I have what it takes to be up to the task has been gratifying. “

The Latrell Show is available to stream on www.iamatheatre.com.

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