“So [my writing partner and I] thought, let’s show a side of the city those of us who are from there know. Which is: the funniest people you’ve ever met, a hometown vibe, with damn good food… It really feels like a small town in a big city.
“Our show focuses on that,” he added. “The comedy and the lighter side of things.”
“We gotta accentuate the positive,” agreed JHud. “We have to get in there to highlight the great things of Chicago.”
Bashir also discussed casting people from the community for roles on “South Side,” including a local man selling snow cones. “He was the funniest person ever, and a couple days later, I had our folks go talk to him, and now he’s on the show,” he said.