Robin Thede on ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

21st June 2022

Robin Thede is the showrunner, creator and star of the Emmy-winning series A Black Lady Sketch Show. The show just wrapped up its third season on HBO. Like the title suggests – A Black Lady Sketch Show is a sketch show created by and starring Black women. What makes the program so unique and rich is its specificity: Robin and her co-stars cover church politics, family reunion line dancing, and hair-care specific weather forecasts. On the latest episode, we chat with Robin about the latest season of HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and her time as head writer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Plus, we get into her childhood. Robin grew up in a mostly white, suburban part of Iowa. She’ll talk about the challenges that being biracial presented and why she identifies as Black today.

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The comedian on the latest season of HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show

Robin Thede keeps busy. 

One of her earliest gigs was as head writer on Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show. Robin’s a Second City alum, and former host of the BET show The Rundown.  As an actor she’s appeared on Key & Peele, Insecure and Central Park

In 2015, she was the first ever Black woman to be a head writer on a late night talk show: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

These days, Robin is the showrunner, creator and star of the Emmy-winning series A Black Lady Sketch Show. The show just wrapped up its third season on HBO. Like the title suggests – A Black Lady Sketch Show is a sketch show created by and starring Black women. 

What makes the program so unique and rich is its specificity: Robin and her co-stars cover church politics, family reunion line dancing and hair-care specific weather forecasts. 

We chat with Robin about the latest season of HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and her time as head writer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Plus, we get into her childhood. Robin grew up in a mostly white, suburban part of Iowa. She’ll talk about the challenges that being biracial presented and why she identifies as Black today.

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