We’ve been knew Yvonne Orji’s comic timing is something of a rarity. On Insecure, where she stars as ‘Molly’, the actress showcases both her range and ability to make viewers laugh at, and with her, even when we all know we shouldn’t be laughing.
Granted, on the previous season of the hit HBO series, which aired in South Africa on 1Magic (channel 103), she was hella moody and a tad high-horsey now that she’s booed up with that yummy Asian bae Andrew. Notwithstanding, Orji’s impressive delivery of the complex character has given us a glimpse into how funny she actually is.
On ‘Momma, I Made It‘, which is now available for streaming on Showmax, she’s finally doing nothing but bringing the damn jokes. The whole show was such a good vibe that right now we are basically ready to give the good sis our money as soon as her looming book, Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into Life of My Dreams, lands.
The comedy special, which will have you laughing for an hour, 2 minutes and 29 seconds straight, is a refreshing addition to the culture. Everything about it – from Yvonne Orji distilling her Nigerian-American heritage to Yvonne Orji, a comedian, actress and woman of colour who’s an African immigrant in America, being given a platform to take charge and share her craft, is the content we want to see splashed everywhere.
She melts her experiences of African and American black culture in one pot and dishes them back with the finesse and the humour that does not rely on outdated tropes. Since she’s so proudly anchored to her West African heritage as much as she is very much the hun who was raised in Maryland in the States, she navigates that space with tact.
So for a change, don’t jokes that thrive on ignorance about our culture, no shade.
The special intersperses footage shot in Nigeria in early January with the taping of her stand up show to a live audience at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The project is written and executive produced by Yvonne Orji herself, directed by Chris Robinson and executive produced by Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman.