After a 20 year hiatus, comedian and actor Arsenio Hall is back on late night. When I was younger I remember BEGGING my mother to let me stay up late to see MC Hammer (Don’t front, like Hammer’s show wasn’t must see TV) perform on Arsenio. By the time Hammer got on I was KNOCKED out sleep on the couch. LOL.
In the early 90′s it seemed like Arsenio was everywhere. In addition to the TV show he had roles in Harlem Nights and Coming to America which were both huge movies at the time. It seemed like he was destined to take over the spotlight then one day in 94 it just seemed like he disappeared.
While recently traveling in Chicago, I saw a billboard announcing Arsenio was going to be back on the air. I was definitely interested to see if he still had it after all these years. I can’t front, I missed the first show yesterday. I did catch some of it online though.
I liked how he kept some of the old elements which made the show a success. The chant, the house band which was called “The Posse” is now “Posse 2.0.” In my opinion Arsenio is still the funniest guy on late night, I hope the shoe sticks around, but if it’s like any of my other favorite shows, it will last a season or two and then disappear due to politics.
Episode 1 featured a surprise appearance from Paula Abdul, interview with Chris Tucker and performance by Snoop
Check out some clips from the first episode. If your like me, you’ve been wondering where Arsenio has been for the past 19 years. Take a look…