Robin Thede looks to build legacy in HBO sketch comedy show

Comedy
Robin Thede is the creator, star and executive producer of the HBO comedy series "A Black Lady Sketch Show."
Robin Thede is the creator, star and executive producer of the HBO comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Robin Thede knew plenty of talented African-American female comedians, but only a few were getting hired on popular TV comedy shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Mad TV.”

So, Thede decided to create her own show featuring some of the industry’s funniest black women. The comic-writer-producer-actress is breaking new ground with her HBO comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which airs Friday nights.

The six-episode series offers sketches written and performed by an all-black female cast. It stars Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. Guests, mostly black women, include Angela Bassett, Kelly Rowland, Marsai Martin, Lena Waithe, Patti LaBelle and Natasha Rothwell. Continue reading…

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