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Gregory Hollimon (a.k.a. Principal Onyx Blackman form Strangers with Candy) talks about growing up in the Cabrini–Green Homes of Chicago’s near north side and entering the world of improv. He also tells a hilarious story about an awkward scuba diving experience.
Hollimon graduated from Players Workshop in 1988 and enrolled in classes at Chicago’s famed The Second City. He was hired into Second City’s National Touring Company, where he met Stephen Colbert. After leaving Second City in 1993, he then wrote and performed in a two-man play called The RIC Show-Revelations, Indictments and Confessions. He then moved on to film, appearing in Stephen Gyllenhaal‘s Losing Isaiah and Richard Pearce‘s A Family Thing. Amy Sedaris, Dinello, and Stephen Colbert created the role of Principal Blackman with Hollimon in mind for the Strangers with Candy TV series.