Category: Television

There’s a new adult cartoon in town and it goes by the name of Chozen. The story of a gay white rapper in the process of rebuilding his career after being released from prison is a new concept on television.

Series star Bobby Moynihan, who voices Chozen, has been on Saturday Night Live since 2008. He has kept active on the small screen in shows like 30 Rock and Girls. On the big screen he played Puck on When in Rome and Chet Alexander in Monsters University.

Grant Dekernion is the writer, creator, and executive producer of Chozen.

We called the dynamic duo up to to get the skinny on the chubby rapper who’s killing it on FX.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, guys. How did you come up with the concept for the show in the first place, Grant?

GD: (Grant Dekernion) Well, I had always wanted to do a show involving music and the struggle to be a musician, and I’ve loved hip-hop my whole life, so I just started thinking about it. I also wanted to create a character that I’d never seen before on TV, and I think Chozen fits that bill.

I think there’s a lot of interesting things you have with Chozen. Here’s a guy who’s coming out of jail and trying to take his life back. To me it’s like a delayed coming-of-age story a little bit, and I thought that would be a fun way to kind of get into a type of story that’s been told a few times but in a different way.
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Big Freedia

The New Orleans rapper Big Freedia was twerking while Miley Cyrus was still in diapers only it was called “bounce.” This movement was underground but thanks to artists like Freedia it became big following his lively concerts and several albums.

He was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, featured on many television shows then shook all the way to South by Southwest.

His new reality show on Fuse is set to bring him into the spotlight in a personal and professional way. Nunn on the Run talked to him before the big debut of the series.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Freedia. I saw you perform in concert at the Empty Bottle a while ago.

Big Freedia: Oh yeah. I love the Empty Bottle.
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Demian Birchir

Actor Demian Birchir is currently starring in FX’s The Bridge as Detective Marco Ruiz based on the Swedish show of the same name.

The Mexico City born Birchir began at age 14 acting in telenovelas that led to movies such as his break out role in Sexo, pudor y lagrimas.

His part as the corrupt mayor of Tijuana in the Showtime hit Weeds brought him a wide American audience.

Birchir was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in A Better Life. Afterwards he followed it with roles in Savages, The Heat, and Machete Kills.

Nunn talked to him about what makes the homicide detective tick on the border.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Demian. What made you become an actor and tell our readers about your beginnings.

Demian Birchir: Acting was like a normal way of living at home because my parents met each other studying theatre in their home town in Torreon, Mexico up north; a state very close to Chihuahua. Then my brothers and I were born in Mexico City when my parents moved. My parents had to rescue each other from their families because there was no artistic history in their families, so it was weird that two kids from Torreon wanted to be actors. My brothers and I didn’t go through that problem because everything we needed to read about acting and theatre and drama and this and that and techniques and everything was right there in my parents library.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox really proves you can do it all. The actress plays transgender inmate Sophia Burset on the new Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

She became the first African American trans woman to produce and star in her own series with VH1’s TRANSForm Me. That show was nominated for a GLAAD media award and the first to star three trans women. VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy was another first that Cox starred in as the first African American transgender woman in a reality show.

Cox starred in the independent film Musical Chairs playing a paraplegic transgender looking for love. Other film credits include Carla, The Exhibitionist, and 36 Saints.

She moved on to television with guest roles on NBC’s Law & Order, HBO’s Bored to Death and Law & Order: SVU.

The awards keep coming with Out Magazine’s Out 100 in 2010 and was named one of the most influential trans people in America in the Inaugural Edition of Trans 100 this year.

Contributing to the Huffington Post Cox is keeping her voice heard on a regular basis now as a writer.

Nunn on the Run chatted with Cox about Jodie Foster, brother M. Lamar, and life on the set of Orange Is the New Black.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Laverne. How are you?

Laverne Cox: I’m wonderful.
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Jane Lynch 3

Actress Jane Lynch has always been a friend to the Windy City. From her humble beginnings acting at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company to the Second City comedy troupe. The Dolton, Illinois native broke out as a Brady in the Annoyance Theater’s Real Live Brady Brunch then put her improv skills to good use in Christopher Guest’s movie Best in Show. She stuck with him for A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration then again became a critic’s darling in the hilarious 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The Fox series Glee brought the worldwide fame she deserved and she now uses that star power to begin a new endeavor on NBC. Hollywood Game Night combines every day competitors with celebrity guest stars for a chance to take home $25,000.

While the lesbian team player has definitely gone Hollywood she took time out to speak to Nunn on the Run just before the show aired.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Jane. It’s good to talk to you again.

Jane Lynch: It is good to talk to you.

JN: I know Sean Hayes is on the show. Did you know him from your Chicago days?
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Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz may always be remembered by playing the gay character Rickie Vasquez on the television show My So-Called Life but it is what he has done afterwards that defines him in so many ways.

This baby faced Puerto Rican came out to his parents at 19 and was thrown out of the house much like his character on that memorable show.

This didn’t stop him from making his own life and appearing in many movies after Life was cancelled such as Nixon, Party Monster, and Johns.

Since then he has been active with GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for over twenty years along with serving as a Grand Marshall in the Chicago Pride Parade in 2005. His involvement in the community led him back recently to the Windy City where he hosted a GLAAD event at the MillerCoors Headquarters. Nunn chatted with Cruz a bit before the presentation.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Wilson. How long have you been working with GLAAD?

Wilson Cruz: I have been affiliated with GLAAD for twenty years. I sat on the board at one point. I received the GLAAD Media Award for My So-Called Life back in 1995. I hosted the GLAAD Media Awards in 2005 with Candis Cayne. I won the Visibilidad Award in South Florida, which goes to a member in the media community in the Spanish language world.

I have a long history but started on staff in September of last year. So I am the the national spokesperson and I work on the development staff. I work on fundraising around the country mainly on the West Coast.
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Branden James

Singer Branden James has landed in the finals from NBC’s America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall. Hailing from the Chicago auditions, James not only passed the local competition but went on to win during the Vegas round and was the final act to perform in New York closing the show recently.

His story of coming out of the closet to his conservative family has touched many viewers and put him into the spotlight. From singing in Chicago to belting it out in the Big Apple, James has proven to be one to watch.

Nunn on the Run spoke to him right before his major performance of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” on the show that brought down the house and earned him a standing ovation from the judges and entire audience.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Branden. I am glad we made this interview happen.

Branden James: I am too.

JN: Your story meant a lot to me personally. Are you from Illinois?
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