Sitcom chooses GSU student

Student spotlight at Grambling is filled with talented artists of all sorts. From dance and lyricism to theater and music, everyone has something to offer. 

For graduating senior Christopher Hill, he is a triple threat. Hill was apart of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, Floyd L. Sandle Theater Department and now the upcoming sitcom, The Devon Taylor Show. He is definitely ready to take on the world.

Hill is a 23-year-old from Dallas majoring in history. While attending David W. Carter High school in Dallas, he was involved in the band and starred in plays such as the character ‘Madea’ in Madea’s Family Reunion. 

While in high school, he won a city wide star search in Dallas. The Devon Taylor Show was written by Lena Claybon, a film professor here at GSU.   Claybon saw Hill in the GSU play The Wiz in September, where he played the scarecrow.  

After seeing his talented performance, she asked him to play a small role in A Mother’s Love, a short film her students in the spring semester put together. 

Claybon realized how comic and fun his personality was. 

This past summer Claybon continued to remind Hill about the audition for the show. 

Before auditioning, Hill faced struggles of his grandmother passing and not being mobile to arrive in Grambling

The Dallas native got the part over Chris of Everybody hates Chris Tyler James, which is a huge accomplishment. 

Hill will be playing the role of a 17-year-old named Ernest, the best friend of the lead character Devon. Ernest character is very comedic, clumsy and nerve racking. 

Hill worked with actor Reggie Hayes, the male character William from the well-known sitcom Girlfriends.  Hayes is excited about the show as well. After being in Grambling for a few days, Hayes expressed how hot it was but enjoyed the southern hospitality. 

“I love Grambling, the band just came walking by sounding really good, said Hayes. “We are supposed to leave tomorrow and I don’t want to leave.” 

Another key person involved is Kelly Perine actor off One on One.  He played the character of Dwayne, best friend of Flex.

“I’m having a good time in Grambling, my first time here. I got a chance to meet the President Pouge and I got pinned. Everyone is really friendly. It’s fun interacting  with the students,” expressed Perine

Each person of the crew admitted how excited they were about the show’s premiere with extreme hopes of it getting put on the map. 

Hill will be working with gifted individuals and their experience can open the door for a lot more successful opportunities.