With anthology series being all the rage, late night hosts more often betting on games for their segments over anything else, and the shuddering/shrinking of many comedy content farms, sketch comedy is currently going through a bit of, shall we say, dry spell.
Perhaps, Robin Thede (you should know her from The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and her own show on B.E.T. The Rundown) and Issa Rae will be turning the tides.
Of course, Saturday Night Live is still trudging along because, well, tradition? HBO also has Tracey Ullman’s Show and IFC has Baroness Von Sketch Show, but outside of the occasional indulgence of late night writers on Conan, Seth Meyers, and Corden and pre-taped segments on Full Frontal and Last Week Tonight, sketch comedy needs a bit of resuscitation.
Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show will star her, written by her, and feature mostly black female performers and writers with special guests. With an HBO touch, perhaps it’ll be a sketch comedy show that fill that void. There are no dates currently set, but we hope this will make its premiere sometime in 2019.