I thought I couldn’t get any more excited when I heard that HBO had ordered a pilot for Issa Rae’s comedy Insecure, but I was wrong. Because HBO has decided to order the show to series. Yay!
The 30-minute laffer will star Rae, who is also a co-exec producer and writer on the series. Wilmore will serve as a consultant, as he’s helming his late-night Comedy Central show.
“Insecure” follows the friendship of two modern day black women, and all of their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.
Rae — who gained Internet fame for her popular, award-winning web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” and has more than 200,000 subscribers and over 20 million views on her YouTube channel — will topline the show as the character Issa Dee. Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce and Jay Ellis (“The Game”) round out the cast.
Orji plays Issa’s best friend, Molly, who is very successful in her corporate work life, but very unsuccessful in her love life; Ellis plays Lawrence, Issa’s depressed and unemployed boyfriend who has been getting his act together for four years; and Joyce plays Frieda, Issa’s liberal and empathetic co-worker at an educational non-profit firm. [Variety]
I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it as many times as I have to: if you’ve never seen The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, do yourself a favor and watch it. It’s absolutely hilarious and will have you just as excited for Insecure as I am.