Nicco Annan Describes ‘P-Valley’ as ‘Cheers’ at a Strip Club

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We live in a time when there is an abundance of exceptional entertainment. The P-Valley series made it to the top lists of many critics in 2020. The show is written and produced by Katori Hall, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and takes place in a strip club called The Pynk in the fictional Mississippi town of Chucalissa. P-Valley is back for a second season, which is now streaming 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 akin to the show Cheers.

“I usually describe P-Valley as a fried Southern 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 say that to people because it’s p, y, n, k,” Annan said on CNET’s I’m So Obsessed Podcast. “It’s a place where all these marginalized communities, these people coming in and out of these stories, and you really learn who they are.”

Season 2 of the series delves deeper into the lives of the characters as they, like all of us, deal with the pandemic. P-Valley uses the fear many people had and still have about COVID-19 as an analogy to what dancers and patrons of The Pynk and citizens of Chucalissa have faced because of who they are. Annan described this fear as the same feeling a marginalized group may feel or have felt while 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 P-Valley fan. You can watch new episodes of P-Valley Sunday nights on Starz or stream the show through the Starz Channel on Prime Video.

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