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IFC recently bought a comedy series starting women of color such as Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, and La La Anthony: “IFC has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Furlough, a new comedy starring Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, and La La Anthony. Furlough revolves around a woman (Thompson) who lives with and cares for her aging mother […]

The 2017 summer comedy ‘Girls Trip’ proves how diverse casts continue to break barriers and create history in the box office:   “It’s official, Girls Trip is the first live-action comedy of 2017 to reach the $100 million+ mark.  Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Regina Hall, the film crossed the $100 million mark at […]

  Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick have teamed up to develop a comedy series based on Kaepernick’s high school life. Kaepernick would be the latest athlete—following moves made by such high-profile ballers as LeBron James, Matt Barnes and Steph Curry, among others—to step into the television, film, and digital arenas. Read the full story here. […]

Donald Glover, creator and star of FX show “Atlanta,” made his mark at the Emmys with his memorable win:   “Donald Glover continues to prove he’s one of the most versatile creators in American entertainment. The 33-year-old actor, writer, director and musician (as Childish Gambino) already won two Golden Globes for creating and starring in […]

Lena Waithe, contributing writer and actor for comedy series “Master of None,” made a huge impact at the Emmys with her historic win:   “Lena Waithe has made Emmy history as the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing. Waithe won for co-writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” with series co-creator and star, […]

Netflix announced the arrival of a new ten episode series with black and latinx actors in the major leading roles: “On Thursday, Netflix annoucned a new coming of age, 30-minute comedy series called On My Block.  Co-created by Lauren Iungerich (Awkward) and Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft (All Eyez on Me), is a coming-of-age comedy about […]

Big names are on the lineup for the 25th anniversary of iconic stand-up comedy show “Def Comedy Jam” premiering September 26th on Netflix:   “Although Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam premiered on HBO in 1992, Netflix will air a 25th anniversary special later this month as a tribute to the original show. To celebrate the special and the show, […]

‘Girls Trip’ actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish continues to be a hot commodity within film and television as Paramount picks up an upcoming comedy with Haddish as one of the stars:  “It has certainly been a great year for Tiffany Haddish.  With all of the success surrounding Girls Trip, it’s no surprise that she could soon have […]

Tig Notaro discusses her journey as a female comedy writer and overcoming the obstacles that have come along the way:  “In 2012, Tig Notaro was just getting started. She had released her debut stand-up album, “Good One,” and was appearing on programs like “Conan” and “This American Life.” She’d just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a short […]