Twice As Funny: Robin Thede And Issa Rae Are Teaming Up For 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

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The show plans to not only present a cast full of smart and funny Black women, but also feature them as writers and directors.
Keyaira Boone Jan, 29, 2019

Robin Thede is making a return to television with the help of Issa Rae.

Variety reports that the comedienne will be starring in and executive producing A Black Lady Sketch Show for HBO. Rae will serve as a co-executive producer for the series.

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Thede took to Instagram to announce the show, writing that she was “excited.”

“I created this show out of pure passion for all the amazing funny black women I am blessed to work with everyday. WE ARE HERE AND WE ARE READY. I can’t wait to share this show with the world,” she wrote.

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The show will feature a variety of celebrity guests, but it is expected to explore new territory in sketch comedy. It plans on upending the traditionally white and male space by not only presenting a central cast of smart and funny Black women, but also utilizing them as writers and directors. 

Thede’s previous show BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede relied heavily on a female production staff as well. Lauren Ashley Smith, who served as the head writer for that show, will also head the writing staff for A Black Lady Sketch Show.

“Oh and let’s be clear — it’s not a team ‘predominately of Black women,'” Thede said about the decision. “It’s ALLLLLLLLLLLL BLACK WOMEN. LET’S MAKE HISTORY.” =

Thede’s partnership with HBO appears to be evidence that the channel is tripling down on its commitment to Black girl magic. The network aired Amanda Seales’ debut comedy special, I Be Knowin’, and renewed Rae’s ode to all things young, Black, and gifted, Insecure, for a fourth season of the glow up.

We can’t wait to see what Thede and Rae are cooking up!