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Robin Thede leads yet another comedy revolution with “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

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Robin Thede leads yet another comedy revolution with “A Black Lady Sketch Show”


Salon talks to the amazing comedy writer about her new HBO sketch series written, directed and starring black women

One year ago Robin Thede was in a rare, wonderful position. She was a few months shy of celebrating a year of hosting “The Rundown,” her critically-acclaimed BET series that, at the time, made her the only black woman late-night host on the air — and one of only four women helming a topical comedy series in 2018.

Thede is accustomed to breaking new ground; she came to BET by way of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” where she made history as the first black female head writer in late-night television. She’s also been in the industry long enough to know that a writer can never rely on having just one project in the works. While “The Rundown” was in full swing, Thede was also shopping around a sketch show. “I figured I could do it in between seasons, which was a crazy notion,” Thede told Salon last week.

Maybe not. As it turns out, BET abruptly canceled “The Rundown.”  But once that news …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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