2019 LOOKS to be a big year for Issa Rae. The 34-year-old actress and writer has announced that she has a HBO sketch comedy show in the works, that will be written by, directed by and starring black women, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Robin Thede, who previously hosted BET late-night show The Rundown with Robin Thede, created the sketch comedy show and will star, write and executive produce the series alongside Rae.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will present narrative sketches performed by a central line-up of black women including Thede and celebrity guests. Lauren Ashley Smith, will be the head writer and co-executive producer for A Black Lady Sketch Show.
Taking to social media to share the news, Thede tweeted: “I created “A Black Lady Sketch Show” because I love how many insanely funny black women are grinding in these comedy streets! It’s time the WORLD recognises. This show is going to be epic and @IssaRae & I are so honored to be bringing this project to @HBO!”
A Black Lady Sketch Show is part of Rae’s relationship with HBO and her overall deal with the premium cable network.
The American network channel have been diversifying the comedy content, most recently airing a HBO Comedy special with comedian and Insecure star Amanda Seales.
Alongside working on A Black Lady Sketch Show, Rae is due to star in a new HBO limited series called The Dolls, which she co-wrote the script alongside Insecure writer Laura Kittrell and Amy Aniobi. She’ll also star in the movie Little alongside Black-Ish star Marsai Martin and recently started working on the movie The Lovebirds with Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani.
Check out the announcement video for A Black Lady Sketch Show below: