Nicco Annan describes ‘P-Valley’ as ‘Cheers’ in a strip club

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We live in a time when there are plenty of great shows. One that made many critics’ best lists in 2020 was the P-Valley series. The show is written and produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and takes place at a strip club called The Pynk in the fictional Mississippi town of Chucalissa. P-Valley is back for a second season, which is now airing on Starz.

But The Pynk isn’t like Bada Bing in The Sopranos or Lickety Splitz in Ozark. In fact, according to actor, dancer and choreographer Nicco Annan, who plays Uncle Clifford in P-Valley, The Pynk is more like the show Cheers.

“I usually describe P-Valley as a Southern fried drama. And I put it in the context of Cheers with Ted Danson. My character, Uncle Clifford, runs the strip club called The Pynk. I always spell it out for people because it’s p , s, n, k”, Annan said in Podcast I’m so obsessed with CNET. “It’s a place where all these marginalized communities, these people who come in and out of these stories, and you really know who they are.”

The show’s second season delves into the characters’ lives as they, like the rest of us, deal with the pandemic. P-Valley uses the fear many people have had and still have about COVID-19 as an analogy to what The Pynk’s dancers and patrons and the citizens of Chucalissa have dealt with because of who they are. Annan described this fear as the same feeling that a marginalized group might feel or have felt living in America as a black person.

You can listen to my entire conversation with Annan in the podcast player above. One of my favorite parts was how Annan described meeting Janet Jackson, who is a huge fan of P-Valley. You can watch new episodes of P-Valley’s Sunday nights on Starz or stream the show on the Starz channel on Prime Video.

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