HOLLYWOOD—Funny woman and creator of the hit internet sensation “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”, Issa Rae, 30, offers more than just embarrassing situations—her real life success is taking off in a more bold fashion and making waves both online and on the small screen.
After setbacks to join Shonda Rhimes (writer and producer of “Grey’s Anatomy”) in creating “I Hate L.A. Dudes,” which was unfortunately rejected by the ABC network, fans across the world can now jump for joy because the idea is taking off on HBO instead. The show will be titled “Insecure” and all of the quips and awkwardness that fans have come to adore will be released in the very near future.
The exact date of the pilot is still unconfirmed, according to HBO. However, following the lineup will include Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Divorce” and comedian Sarah Silverman’s “The Lucy Pebble Project.”
“Insecure” will continue with the same premise that makes “Awkward Black Girl” so funny with the inclusion of a few new actors in the mix, such as “Basketball Wives” actress Yvonne Orji, who will portray the star’s best friend, Jay Ellis from “The Game,” who will be the down-and-out boyfriend, Prentice Penny, a major character to the show, and of course Dee, acted by Issa Rae herself.
The show sets the tone for relatable humor that many of us have gone through career-wise, romantically and within our relationships. “Insecure” prides itself on having a female lead who is flawed like the rest of us and has major insecurities and failures in life, to go along with her mortifying moments.
“Awkward Black Girl” is Rae’s third web series and has garnered national acclaim with various outlets and has earned over 20 million online viewers with at least 160,000 subscribers.
Rae has been dubbed as one of Glamour Magazine’s “35 Under 35” and has been featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30.” She has also been labeled as one of Rolling Stone’s Funniest People in America and People Magazine’s “One To Watch” in 2015.
Rae has also written a book titled, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, a hilarious tell-all into her life growing up and how it has molded her characters today.