Black Lady – HBO’S NEW COMEDY IS HILARIOUS!!

zeina Otonjo

August 2, 2019

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It was just this past January that it was announced that brilliantly vibrant comedian, former talk show host, and comedy writer Robin Thede would be creating A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

Executive produced by Thede herself and Issa Rae, it was clear that the project would be special, and it did not disappoint when it premiered last Friday.

As the expansion of sketch comedy grows, it’s no surprise Black women are behind this hilarious and refreshing show, starring Robin, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson, and Gabrielle Dennis.

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In the longest-running gag of the first season, the core four black ladies, are all hanging out in Thede’s apartment, hours after a mysterious apocalyptic event that viewers quickly find out has left them the last remaining people on Earth.

Black admits that she doesn’t cover her hair at night—a tenet of black ladyhood—and the confession is initially met with shock, derision, and hilariously accurate statements like “Unnecessary pain is an important part of being a black woman” and that sleeping on a satin pillowcase is like “sleeping on a roller coaster.”

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Similarly, other confessions spur confessions but their magnanimity has its limits: When Dennis confesses that she doesn’t wear lotion, she’s quickly abandoned. It’s a conversation that could have played out in the hair salon or on Black Twitter, with reaction shots that are almost lab-engineered to wind up in the arsenal of black lady GIFs.

Consequently , the show is grounded in typical sketch comedy formula with a home-base, in this case Robin’s home, as the women drink and small talk.

While serving as a break from the sketches, these parts are full of references to the funny things that happen to us as Black women. The sketches then double down and exaggerate.

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