Comedian and actor Whitmer Thomas combines deeply personal and provocative stand-up with original songs in his first one-hour special for HBO. Taped at the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge straddling the state line between Florida and Alabama, the comic’s hometown serves as a backdrop for The Golden One’s unique mix of storytelling, comedy, music and documentary.
On the same stage where his late mother and her twin sister used to perform with their band, Whitmer reflects on his Alabama childhood and his identity as an “aging emo kid” in LA through stories and songs on topics like dating, drinking, family and his mom’s legacy.
Additionally, studio versions of some of Thomas’ music from The Golden One will be featured on his forthcoming album, Songs from The Golden One, through Hardly Art records. The album will be released first on digital/streaming in Feb. 2020 and then on LP and CD in April 2020, and is available for pre-order.
The Golden One is written by Thomas and executive produced and co-directed by Thomas and Clay Tatum. Executive producers include Bo Burnham, Christopher Storer, Olivia Gerke and Ravi Nandan and Inman Young for A24. Co-executive produced by Alli Reich and Mary Beth Minthorn, with supervising producer Emily Cohen and producer Ted Speaker.