‘It Frees You Up': Robin Thede on Writing With Other Black Women

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‘It Frees You Up': Robin Thede on Writing With Other Black Women
When Robin Thede’s Bet late-night show “The Rundown” was canceled in July 2018, she wasted no time in finding her next project, the HBO sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

The comedian, whose career started with sketch and improv comedy at The Second City theatre group in Chicago, had already been soft-pitching a sketch show to work on between seasons of “The Rundown.” The day the Bet show was canceled, she got a call from Issa Rae about what she planned on doing next, and had her answer ready to go.

“I just wanted to create a really authentic product, something that was uniquely from our point of view,” said Thede. “I set out to highlight black women living grounded experiences in a magical reality.” When she told the “Insecure” star about her vision, Rae immediately offered to take the show to HBO.

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