Longing for a sitcom featuring Kanye West? Footage from the rapper's ill-fated 2008 comedy series has made its way to the internet, showing West's awkward, Curb Your Enthusiasm-style improv scene.
Yesterday, Consequence of Found uncovered a recently released video by actress Alison Quinn, intended as a demo reel for her acting chops. The clip shows Quinn in the role of an aide at the Make-A-Wish Foundation; she is introducing West to a terminally ill little boy.
Inevitably, the child has never heard of West. And Quinn's character isn't convinced that the rapper is as famous as he claims he is.
"I was on [the cover of] Time magazine," West says.
"I just didn't think they'd put you on the cover," Quinn replies.
"You didn't have to THINK they'd put me on the cover because they DID," West says. "It didn't have to be in your THOUGHTS, it was in your REALITY."
While HBO inked a deal with the rapper, and Borat/Curb producer Larry Charles helped with the pilot, the network didn't pursue the project further. "It was really good, but … I think it was too hardcore for HBO," Charles told MTV in 2008. "What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, 'I'm the black Larry David.' That's the first thing he said to me … He's so much funnier than people realise."
West is probably happy he didn't go the Ricky Gervais route. While his new record hasn't been the sales monster he hoped it would be, the rapper's notoriety is as high as it has ever been: yesterday his new APC fashion collection, including an €80 blank T-shirt, crashed its website and sold out immediately.
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