HBO to debut historic comedy series 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'
HBO is set to debut a first of its kind comedy series next month - “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” What makes this comedy show different from previous ones – it’s the first sketch comedy written, directed and starring black women.
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” is described as a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show will feature sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. The show will also include guest appearances from some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, Emmy winner Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Marsai Martin, singer Patti Labelle, and many, many more. HBO’s own Yvonne Orji and Natasha Rothwell from “Insecure” also make guest appearances.
Thede (“The Rundown with Robin Thede,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”) is the show’s creator and executive producer, along with HBO creator and actress Issa Rae (“Insecure”). This isn’t the first time Thede has made an historic move in this arena. The veteran comic was also the first African-American woman to be head writer for a late-night talk show on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
On Sunday, the show released its trailer, giving a quick glimpse into what’s in store from this hilarious new groundbreaking series. Check it out below. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” debuts August 2 on HBO, 11 p.m. ET/PT.