Issa Rae Tells All About ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ | TODAY

Issa Rae Tells All About ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ | TODAY


YOU AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR. GO TO THE XM RADIO, CHANNEL 108. GO TO THE XM RADIO, CHANNEL 108.>>AL, THANK YOU.>>AL, THANK YOU.>>>NOW TO HOLLYWOOD TRIPLE>>>NOW TO HOLLYWOOD TRIPLE THREAT ISSA RAE, ACTRESS, THREAT ISSA RAE, ACTRESS, WRITER, PRODUCER AND A WHOLE WRITER, PRODUCER AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS. BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS.>>SHE’S BEHIND THE HIT HBO>>SHE’S BEHIND THE HIT HBO SERIES “INSECURE” AND SHE’S SERIES “INSECURE” AND SHE’S SINKING HER TEETH INTO A NEW SINKING HER TEETH INTO A NEW PROJECT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR PROJECT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW, ALSO A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW, ALSO ON HBO. ON HBO. IT PREMIERES TOMORROW NIGHT. IT PREMIERES TOMORROW NIGHT. ISSA, GOOD MORNING. ISSA, GOOD MORNING. WE CAN’T KEEP UP WITH YOU, WE CAN’T KEEP UP WITH YOU, YOU’RE WORLDWIDE, YOU’RE HUGE. YOU’RE WORLDWIDE, YOU’RE HUGE.>>YOU CAUGHT ME, I’M HERE.>>YOU CAUGHT ME, I’M HERE. HAPPY TO BE HERE. HAPPY TO BE HERE.>>WE HAVE SO MUCH TO TALK>>WE HAVE SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT, INCLUDING “INSECURE,” ABOUT, INCLUDING “INSECURE,” EVERYBODY IS DYING FOR IT TO EVERYBODY IS DYING FOR IT TO COME BACK. COME BACK. LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS SKETCH LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS SKETCH SHOW. SHOW. IT’S KIND OF HISTORIC. IT’S KIND OF HISTORIC. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED? HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED?>>I GOT INVOLVED VIA ROBIN>>I GOT INVOLVED VIA ROBIN THEDE, I’VE BEEN A FAN OF HERS THEDE, I’VE BEEN A FAN OF HERS FOR A WHILE. FOR A WHILE. THEY MADE THE MISTAKE OF THEY MADE THE MISTAKE OF CANCELLING HER SHOW AND I CALLED CANCELLING HER SHOW AND I CALLED HER AS SOON AS THAT NEWS BROKE HER AS SOON AS THAT NEWS BROKE AND I WAS LIKE, HEY, GIRL, WHAT AND I WAS LIKE, HEY, GIRL, WHAT YOU GOT? YOU GOT? SHE HAD THIS SKETCH SHOW SHE HAD THIS SKETCH SHOW FEATURING ALL BLACK WOMEN BEHIND FEATURING ALL BLACK WOMEN BEHIND THE SCENES IN FRONT OF THE THE SCENES IN FRONT OF THE SCENES AND TOOK IT TO HBO AND SCENES AND TOOK IT TO HBO AND THEY BOUGHT IT ON THE SPOT. THEY BOUGHT IT ON THE SPOT.>>EACH SHOW HAS THE SKETCH IN>>EACH SHOW HAS THE SKETCH IN IT. IT. YOU’RE IN A FEW OF THESE YOU’RE IN A FEW OF THESE SKETCHES. SKETCHES.>>I’M IN A FEW.>>I’M IN A FEW. THEY INVITED ME TO PLAY. THEY INVITED ME TO PLAY. WE HAVE SUCH AMAZING GUESTS WE HAVE SUCH AMAZING GUESTS THROUGHOUT. THROUGHOUT. WE HAVE ANGELA BASSET. WE HAVE ANGELA BASSET. WE HAVE LAVERNE COX. WE HAVE LAVERNE COX. WE HAVE — WE HAVE –>>PATTI LaBELLE.>>PATTI LaBELLE.>>PATTI LaBELLE, THE LEGEND.>>PATTI LaBELLE, THE LEGEND. SO MANY WOMEN WERE READY TO PLAY SO MANY WOMEN WERE READY TO PLAY AND IT’S AN HONOR TO BE A PART AND IT’S AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF THIS PROJECT. OF THIS PROJECT.>>SOUNDS LIKE YOU DIDN’T GET>>SOUNDS LIKE YOU DIDN’T GET ANY NOES, ANYONE YOU CALLED, ANY NOES, ANYONE YOU CALLED, YES, SCHEDULE IT, I’M THERE. YES, SCHEDULE IT, I’M THERE.>>IT WAS ALL SCHEDULED.>>IT WAS ALL SCHEDULED. EVERYBODY WAS SUPER EXCITED TO EVERYBODY WAS SUPER EXCITED TO BE A PART OF IT, SUPER GAME AND BE A PART OF IT, SUPER GAME AND IT SHOWS IN EVERY SKETCH. IT SHOWS IN EVERY SKETCH.>>YOU MENTIONED THE HISTORIC>>YOU MENTIONED THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THIS SHOW, NOT JUST NATURE OF THIS SHOW, NOT JUST FROM PEOPLE ON SCREEN BUT BEHIND FROM PEOPLE ON SCREEN BUT BEHIND THE SCENES. THE SCENES. WHY WAS THAT PART OF IT SO WHY WAS THAT PART OF IT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU? IMPORTANT TO YOU?>>IF YOU’RE FEATURING BLACK>>IF YOU’RE FEATURING BLACK WOMEN IN FRONT OF A SCREEN IT WOMEN IN FRONT OF A SCREEN IT MAKES SENSE TO HAVE THE PEOPLE MAKES SENSE TO HAVE THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES REFLECT THAT. BEHIND THE SCENES REFLECT THAT. AND SO WE JUST WANTED TO GET THE AND SO WE JUST WANTED TO GET THE FUNNIEST WOMEN, ROBIN HAD A FUNNIEST WOMEN, ROBIN HAD A ROLODEX OF FEMALE COMEDIENNES, ROLODEX OF FEMALE COMEDIENNES, COMEDY WRITERS. COMEDY WRITERS. THEY ALL CAME TOGETHER TO BRING THEY ALL CAME TOGETHER TO BRING THIS TO LIFE. THIS TO LIFE.>>I READ YOU WERE THE PERSON>>I READ YOU WERE THE PERSON MOST LIKELY TO BREAK IN A MOST LIKELY TO BREAK IN A SKETCH, THEY WERE MAKING YOU SKETCH, THEY WERE MAKING YOU LAUGH. LAUGH.>>I’M JUST WORTHLESS.>>I’M JUST WORTHLESS. YOU KNOW, I THINK IF IT’S YOU KNOW, I THINK IF IT’S SOMETHING FUNNY I CAN’T HOLD MY SOMETHING FUNNY I CAN’T HOLD MY LAUGHTER IN. LAUGHTER IN. THESE WOMEN ARE SO FUNNY. THESE WOMEN ARE SO FUNNY. THEY’RE TRUE PROFESSIONALS. THEY’RE TRUE PROFESSIONALS. I AM NOT. I AM NOT.>>I WAS READING THE>>I WAS READING THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SKETCHES, DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SKETCHES, THE PREMISE OF THEM, SOME OF THE PREMISE OF THEM, SOME OF THEM ARE JUST SO FUNNY. THEM ARE JUST SO FUNNY.>>YEAH, THEY JUST — ANYTHING>>YEAH, THEY JUST — ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN THINK OF THEY PUT THAT YOU CAN THINK OF THEY PUT ON THE SCREEN. ON THE SCREEN. AND THERE’S SO MANY OF THEM THAT AND THERE’S SO MANY OF THEM THAT ARE SO RELATABLE. ARE SO RELATABLE. WHEN YOU THINK I KNOW WHERE THIS WHEN YOU THINK I KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING YOU DON’T. IS GOING YOU DON’T. IT TAKES A DRAMATIC TURN. IT TAKES A DRAMATIC TURN.>>WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THAT>>WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THAT SHOW TONIGHT ON HBO, AND YOUR SHOW TONIGHT ON HBO, AND YOUR OTHER SHOW “INSECURE,” OTHER SHOW “INSECURE,” ANNOUNCING THE FOURTH SEASON OF ANNOUNCING THE FOURTH SEASON OF IT AND THE INTERNET TOTALLY IT AND THE INTERNET TOTALLY FLIPPED OUT. FLIPPED OUT. WHAT’S TAKEN HOLD OF PEOPLE ON WHAT’S TAKEN HOLD OF PEOPLE ON THIS SHOW? THIS SHOW?>>PEOPLE SEE THEMSELVES IN THE>>PEOPLE SEE THEMSELVES IN THE CHARACTERS. CHARACTERS. THEY ALSO JUST LIKE MESS. THEY ALSO JUST LIKE MESS. AND THESE CHARACTER’S LIVES ARE AND THESE CHARACTER’S LIVES ARE VERY, VERY MESSY. VERY, VERY MESSY. BUT YEAH, I JUST LOVE THAT BUT YEAH, I JUST LOVE THAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY, LIKE, PEOPLE ARE REALLY, LIKE, GRASPING ONTO THE CONCEPT OF THE GRASPING ONTO THE CONCEPT OF THE SHOW. SHOW.>>EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHO>>EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHO SHE’S GOING TO BE WITH. SHE’S GOING TO BE WITH. ANY HINTS? ANY HINTS?>>I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANY HINTS.>>I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANY HINTS. WE’VE GONE FROM EIGHT EPISODES WE’VE GONE FROM EIGHT EPISODES TO TEN EPISODES, I’M REALLY TO TEN EPISODES, I’M REALLY PROUD OF US. PROUD OF US. IT’S GROWN. IT’S GROWN. BUT WE’RE STILL WRITING. BUT WE’RE STILL WRITING. WE SHOOT IN SEPTEMBER. WE SHOOT IN SEPTEMBER.>>SO AS WE LOOK AT YOUR CAREER,>>SO AS WE LOOK AT YOUR CAREER, IT WAS ONLY EIGHT YEARS AGO THAT IT WAS ONLY EIGHT YEARS AGO THAT YOUR WEB SERIES “AWKWARD BLACK YOUR WEB SERIES “AWKWARD BLACK GIRL” CAME OUT THAT LAUNCHED YOU GIRL” CAME OUT THAT LAUNCHED YOU ON THE PATH TO WHERE YOU ARE ON THE PATH TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW. NOW. HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO STOP AND HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO STOP AND PINCH YOURSELF A LITTLE BIT AND PINCH YOURSELF A LITTLE BIT AND THINK ABOUT THAT JOURNEY? THINK ABOUT THAT JOURNEY?>>A LITTLE BIT, HEARING YOU SAY>>A LITTLE BIT, HEARING YOU SAY EIGHT YEARS IT’S JUST LIKE WOW, EIGHT YEARS IT’S JUST LIKE WOW, THAT’S INEBL,CREDIBLE, I CAN THAT’S INEBL,CREDIBLE, I CAN REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I PRESSED SEND, MY FACE IS GOING PRESSED SEND, MY FACE IS GOING OUT TO THE WORLD, TO THE OUT TO THE WORLD, TO THE INTERNET. INTERNET. BUT THE VISION WAS JUST SO SMALL BUT THE VISION WAS JUST SO SMALL THEN AND TO THINK OF WHAT IT’S THEN AND TO THINK OF WHAT IT’S BECOME IS INCREDIBLE. BECOME IS INCREDIBLE. I HAVE GREAT PEOPLE THAT I’VE I HAVE GREAT PEOPLE THAT I’VE WORKED WITH ALONG THE WAY WORKED WITH ALONG THE WAY THOUGH. THOUGH.>>WHY DO YOU THINK IT CAUGHT>>WHY DO YOU THINK IT CAUGHT ON? ON? I’M SURE PEOPLE EVERY DAY ARE I’M SURE PEOPLE EVERY DAY ARE UPLOADING SOMETHING AND WISHING UPLOADING SOMETHING AND WISHING THEIR STORY WOULD TURN OUT LIKE THEIR STORY WOULD TURN OUT LIKE YOURS DID. YOURS DID. WHY DID IT RESONATE? WHY DID IT RESONATE?>>I THINK THE NAME, “AWKWARD>>I THINK THE NAME, “AWKWARD BLACK GIRL,” THE SITUATIONS, BLACK GIRL,” THE SITUATIONS, EVERYBODY HAS FELT AWKWARD AND EVERYBODY HAS FELT AWKWARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE AT SOME POINT IN UNCOMFORTABLE AT SOME POINT IN TIMES. TIMES. PEOPLE LATCHED ONTO THAT, I HAVE PEOPLE LATCHED ONTO THAT, I HAVE AN IDENTITY NOW. AN IDENTITY NOW. I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS THAT BEFORE. I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS THAT BEFORE.>>YOU DO AWKWARDNESS VERY WELL,>>YOU DO AWKWARDNESS VERY WELL, AND I MEAN THAT AS A COMPLIMENT. AND I MEAN THAT AS A COMPLIMENT.>>YOU KNOW WHAT, IT’S>>YOU KNOW WHAT, IT’S UNIVERSAL, EVERYONE CAN RELATE UNIVERSAL, EVERYONE CAN RELATE TO FEELING LIKE A BIG DORK. TO FEELING LIKE A BIG DORK.>>HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT OTHER>>HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT OTHER THINGS YOU WANT TO DO DOWN THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO DOWN THE ROAD? ROAD?>>I CAN’T THINK OF WHAT I DON’T>>I CAN’T THINK OF WHAT I DON’T WANT TO DO AT THIS POINT. WANT TO DO AT THIS POINT. OBVIOUSLY FILMS AND WORKING ON A OBVIOUSLY FILMS AND WORKING ON A COUPLE OTHER TV SHOWS. COUPLE OTHER TV SHOWS. OUTSIDE OF THIS, WHAT DO I WANT OUTSIDE OF THIS, WHAT DO I WANT TO DO? TO DO? DO I WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT DO I WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT POLITICALLY? POLITICALLY? DO I WANT TO HELP SAVE THE DO I WANT TO HELP SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT? ENVIRONMENT? THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO AND I THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO AND I DON’T WANT TO BE LIMITED TO JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LIMITED TO JUST ENTERTAINMENT. ENTERTAINMENT. BUT I’M JUST FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BUT I’M JUST FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A PLATFORM. HAVE A PLATFORM.>>SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR YOU,>>SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR YOU, ISSA. ISSA. WE LOVE CATCHING UP WITH YOU AND WE LOVE CATCHING UP WITH YOU AND HAVING YOU HERE. HAVING YOU HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>AS MENTIONED YOU CAN CATCH

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  1. Watched last night. About as funny as pocket lint. Always gonna ride with and for my black women but this ain’t it.

  2. I just watched 3 sketches and I am already hooked and wanting more. I am so proud of my sister making advancements in the entertainment industry. I can relate to this show as a Black woman who happens to be a lesbian.

  3. Wait is Mo’Nique on the show???? After she just got black listed in Hollywood for standing up for people like Issa Rae, I would be surprised/disappointed if she didn’t reach out to her…

  4. I LOVE that this is happening!! I literally cringe searching for new shows to watch on a daily basis because there’s SO MANY WHITE SHOWS with one poorly represented black character. Most shows don’t even have black (not mixed) women. So if you don’t like it, still support it and give it a chance to get better! All SNL skits aren’t good, but white people and black people support it. if we don’t support our productions, guess what…we won’t get more of these programs created by us! We need options! Personally, I don’t want to watch just black family sitcoms or overly dramatic programs because that’s really ALL WE HAVE. Black people need to support black people regardless so we can provide better products to our community. That’s the only way we will empower our community and create the changes we wish to see. That is all. Lol

  5. I’m only going to watch this show because Patti Labelle will be on it lol what episode will she be on?

  6. Omg this is Golden. Im so proud of Issa Rae YouTube Legend to movie and TV Star. 💕💫💕 follow your dreams an listen to your intuition💕 8 years ago wow

  7. @0:12 – "….executive producer for a Black Lady Sketch Show…" she sounds like she thinks 'black lady' is a swear word that they're letting her get away with on tv 🙄😒

  8. It seems mostly lesbian / feminists designed to separate the black community into two different races of male and female than ever before

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