A smart, funny, black woman-centric, late-night delight!
Created by Robin Thede, A Black Lady Sketch Show, which premiered in August, is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests.
The half-hour show serves up pop culture parodies and send-ups of current events. Its sharp-witted, affable point of view provides a necessary showcase for black women performers. The show, which airs on HBO, features Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. These women are funny, dynamic, and unapologetically provocative.
Especially noteworthy is the bridging of generations of black women of all shades, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds that makes A Black Lady Sketch Show something really special. Featuring a long list of guest stars, including Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett, Gina Torres, Khandi Alexander, and others, the performers trade quips with younger castmates, ultimately celebrating black womanhood.
An unforgettable sketch features Bassett (in an atypical comedic role) leading a support group for “Bad Bitches,” as opposed to “OK Bitches” or “Basic Bitches.” It’s one of the funnier bits in the first episode, serving as a critique of the impossible beauty standards that society expects of women.
Other memorable sketches include a performance by a fake 1960s soul group; a divorce party that goes off the rails after hallucinogenic mushrooms are introduced; and a satire of black churches titled “Church Open Mic.”
The show also incorporates discussions of relevance to black women. This creative, fun discussion continues throughout the season’s six episodes, telling one continuous story, allowing us to get to know the four leading ladies.
Don’t miss this whip-smart, black woman-centric approach to political and cultural satire!