Issa Rae has emerged as one of the brightest comedic minds by way of her popular YouTube series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Rae’s star is rising even higher after news that HBO has ordered her new Insecure comedy series for the network.
The 30-minute comedy features Rae as Issa Dee, and Yvonne Orji as her best pal, Molly. The show will focus on the professional and romantic lives of these two Black women along with their “uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations” writes The Hollywood Reporter.
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Rae stars as Issa Dee opposite Yvonne Orji (Love That Girl!), who will play Issa’s best friend, Molly. Although she is very successful professionally in the corporate world, Molly is not so successful in her love life.
Jay Ellis (The Game) also stars as Lawrence, Issa’s depressed and unemployed boyfriend who has been trying to get his act together for the past four years. Lisa Joyce (Boardwalk Empire) rounds out the ensemble as Frieda, Issa’s liberal and empathetic co-worker at an educational non-profit firm.
Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will serve as showrunner on the series, exec producing with Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Rae and Larry Wilmore co-created the project and the wrote the pilot together. She will co-exec produce, while he will serve as a consultant. Wilmore is now behind the desk on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, which came after Insecure was put in development at HBO in 2013.
Melina Matsoukas directed the pilot.
Rae and The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore co-wrote the plot together. The show has been in development since 2013 at HBO. A premiere date has not been set.