*The premiere of “Cedric’s Barber Battle” was pushed back from tonight to next Friday (April 17) at 8 p.m., and the CW has put out a primer for those in the audience who may not be familiar with the unique subculture. (Scroll down to watch.)
“The barbershop is one of these places where it’s more than just a place for getting your hair cut. That’s why I wanted to do this show,” host Cedric the Entertainer told us. “Any good barbershop, you’ll know, it’s a man cave if you live in a studio apartment,” he continued. “It’s a place where if you don’t’ have the money for therapy, go to the barbershop and talk it out.”
The comedian played an old-school barber in both “Barbershop” films and will reprise his Eddie character in the upcoming “Barbershop 3,” currently in preproduction. In “Cedric’s Barber Battle,” he hangs up the clippers to host the weekly competition series pitting barber against barber in various cities across the U.S., including Brooklyn, San Antonio and Hollywood.
Episodes will contain two challenges: a “buzz cut” challenge, set inside the featured barbershop, and an outdoor “cut down” challenge, located at a regional landmark in each city. At the end of each episode, a champion will be crowned.
The panel of judges, a.k.a. “The Cutting Board,” is made up of renowned celebrity barbers including Curtis Smith, Rich the Barber, Bashan “B.G. Cutta” Gibbs and famed instructor Lena Piccininni.
Below, Ced says show producers found many of the featured barbers by searching Instagram:
“Cedric’s Barber Battle” premieres Friday, April 17 at 8/7.
Watch a First Look below. Ced gives insight into the barbershop culture: