Comedy enthusiasts will be glad to know that Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show has been renewed for season 2. The half-hour narrative sketch comedy show hit Mzansi shores in October and has been pleasantly received.
Chatting to Variety, Executive Vice President Amy Gravitt said, “It’s been thrilling to see the audience embrace the characters that Robin, Ashley, Gabrielle, and Quinta have brought to life.
“We had a blast making this groundbreaking sketch show with Robin, [director and co-executive producer] Dime [Davis], and all of the writers and producers, and I can’t wait to see what next season holds.”
A Black Lady Sketch Show was co-created by Insecure’s Issa Rae and Robin Thede, who holds history in hosting comedy shows, such as The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.
Thede told Variety that the series is definitely focused on representation. It’s centered around showing black women in different lights and with various abilities, she said.
“We each play dozens of characters throughout the season. Men, women, aliens, unnamed beings, we play it all.”
The show also aims to challenge the notion of what black women can do in comedy. “It’s truly a political act to be on TV doing all of these things that we’re doing because I really think it’s going to challenge what people think about our limitations and our boundaries as women, and in particular as black women, and thirdly as black women comedians. I think there is only one way a lot of people think we can be, and I think this show will challenge that and shatter that notion,” Thede explained.