Ralph Cole, Jr. is an award-winning actor with phenomenal comic timing. He is a Primetime TV staple with guest-starring appearances on NCIS, Mr. Mayor, Boy Culture, Snowfall, Mom, Coffee House Chronicles, The Real Bros of Simi Valley, Jane the Virgin, American Crime Story, To Tell the Truth, Harry’s Law, The Whole Truth, Two and a Half Men, Desperate Housewives, Dexter, Cold Case and Twenty Good Years. On the big screen, Ralph Cole, Jr is known best for his roles in Never and Again, The Undertaker’s Wife, K-11, Trick, Untogether, The Soloist, Dirty Talk, No Saints for Sinners, Kiss the Bride, Birthday Cake, This Train, and Boomerang. On Saturday, May 21, the NAACP Theatre Award-winner will take a break from being in front of the camera and return to the stage for Brothers of the Desert’s annual night of storytelling, Brothers Got Talent. VENTS put on a mask and caught up with the comedic force for an unforgettable socially distanced interview.
VENTS: We are excited about your return to Palm Springs for comic storytelling! Tell our readers what they can expect.
RALPH: The story chronicles my life as an effeminate black man growing up in Los Angeles. Being a precociousonly child, I highlight events that helped me evolve into today’s adult. Finally, I plan to regale the audience with my theatrical career highlights.
VENTS: Brothers of the Desert do some critical work — share some highlights with us.
RALPH: Lorenz Qatava, a prominent Brothers of the Desert member, masterfully blended the words and life stories of five black gay writers whose lives spanned over the past century into a two-act play in poetry and verse. The vast insight of their words serves to empower the black community perpetually. Maintaining the Brothers of the Desert credo, concepts of inclusion and equity are at the forefront of every produced event.
VENTS: We are fans of many of your memorable appearances on our favorite shows, including Mom, Dexter, and Two and a Half Men! Which tops your list and tell us about working on the show.
RALPH: I enjoy CBS’s long-running action drama NCIS. Working opposite consummate professionals Mark Harmon and Maria Bello make characters fulfilling. We connected at the table and then executed our scenes effortlessly. The trust and support from the top down made this job noteworthy.
VENTS: Your comedic timing is unparalleled and deserving of a series — as a creator, what would you title the show, and what would it be about?
RALPH: Thank you for your kind comments. As a streaming creator, I would title the show “Make Me Masculine!” And similar to topics discussed in my Brothers of the Desert comic storytelling evening, I would depict an engaging, energetic, effeminate, and same-gender-loving black man navigating his way through life as an actor and husband in Los Angeles during parental caregiving.
VENTS: In addition to Palm Springs, tell us about your other upcoming projects.
RALPH: I am working opposite three award winners in “Here We Are” on film—Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland and Mel England with direction by Billy Clift. In Chad Darnell’s thriller, “The Undertaker’s Wife,” I work opposite Haviland Stillwell and John Brotherton. And, multi-award-winning TV/film director, Allan Brocka, cast me to guest star in his series “Boy Culture” opposite Jason Caceres and Derek Magyar.
Brothers of the Desert: Brothers Got Talent
Saturday, May 21
Palm Springs Cultural Center
Camelot Theater Lounge
2300 East Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Forget the Kardashians; keep up with Ralph Cole Jr::