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NEW VARIETY SKETCH SHOW UNLIKE ANY OTHER,
TO PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 AT 10/9C ON IFC
John Legend, Tiffany Haddish, Common, Quincy Jones, Nigel Lythgoe, Ne-Yo, Marlon Wayans and more
To Guest Star In Hilarious New Series
IFC’s new variety sketch show Sherman’s Showcase premieres Wednesday, July 31 at 10/9c. The series created by and starring comedy duo Diallo Riddle (Marlon, Rise) and Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW, Snatched) and executive produced by John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. and RadicalMedia features a who’s who of movies, music, sports and entertainment, the series boasts two EGOT winners, and multiple award-winning artists, actors and entertainers including Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor, Common, Morris Day, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery, Quincy Jones, Mike Judge, Kenny and Keith Lucas, John Legend, Nigel Lythgoe, Curt Menefee, Vic Mensa, Tawny Newsome, Ne-Yo, Ray Parker, Jr., Mario Van Peebles, Damon Wayans, Jr., Marlon Wayans and Bresha Webb.
Inspired by shows like “Solid Gold”, “Soul Train” and “Laugh-In,” Sherman’s Showcase travels through time via music and clips drawn from the forty-year library of a legendary (fictional) musical variety show. Each week, the vault opens for viewers to experience the chaotic comedy and amazing musical numbers from the forty-year (made-up) history of the show. Whether it’s a real artist playing a fake character, or a comedian playing a real artist, it’s always unconventional, irreverent, and most of all, funny.
The premiere episode, “Meet Sherman” introduces Sherman McDaniels, host of Sherman's Showcase. John Legend walks us through a history of The Showcase — from Sherman's parentage, to the origin of the show, with highlights throughout the show’s run from 1972-present day.
SHERMAN’S SHOWCASE SEASON 1 – EPISODE SYNOPSES
Episode 101: “Meet Sherman”
“Meet Sherman” introduces Sherman McDaniels, host of Sherman's Showcase. John Legend walks us through a history of The Showcase — from Sherman's parentage, to the origin of the show, with highlights throughout the show’s run from 1972-present day.
Episode 102: “The Showcase Dancers”
Host Nigel Lythgoe introduces the dancers of Sherman's Showcase and shares significant moments in the series, including marriages between dancers, dancer-based controversies, and the show’s only robotic dancer, the Funk-A-Tron 2000.
Episode 103: “Behind the Charade”
Host Morris Day documents the rise, fall and rise of iconic pop star Charade, from his discovery on Sherman's Showcase through his historic 2007 comeback.
Episode 104: “Enemies”
Sherman reflects on his many haters over the decades as we dig into the rivalries and feuds of The Showcase. Turns out, genuine friendship is a rare commodity in showbiz, especially if you’re talking about frenemies John Legend and Common.
Episode 105: “The Ladies of The Showcase”
Host Mary J. Blige introduces just some of the female artists who used Sherman's Showcase as a launchpad for their careers. Performances include an unusual rap battle, a black girl magic act, and a performance by Mary herself.
Episode 106: “July 8, 1995”
A very ‘90s episode of Sherman's Showcase from July 8, 1995. Sherman’s producer called it “the single best episode in the history of the show.” Performers include Big Freddy Payne, a go-go band and a trailer for a movie about Montell Jordan.
Episode 107: “White Music”
An aging punk singer explores the many different white artists who have performed on Sherman’s Showcase. Sherman used his show as a platform to try and bridge the racial gap. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it was awkward.
Episode 108: “Ray J’s Showcase”
In the season finale, Sherman is shocked to find himself in a world turned upside down, where Ray J is the host of his Showcase. Sherman races to uncover what triggered this alternate universe and finds himself face-to-face with an unexpected foe.
MORE ABOUT SHERMAN’S SHOWCASE:
A sketch variety show like none before,
Riddle and Salahuddin serve as executive producers on Sherman’s Showcase along with John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius through their Get Lifted Film Co. (Underground, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Frank Scherma and Jim Bouvet of RadicalMedia (Stan Against Evil, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes).