The one hour HBO comedy special premieres today on Showmax !
In this HBO special we get to meet the real Yvonne Orji, the Nigerian girl who moved to New York to become a comedian and actress. This was after getting her Masters’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University.
I think what may surprise most Insecure fans is that Yvonne started out as a comedian and not as an actor – as seen with the character Molly they have come to know of her. (FYI, she auditioned for Insecure without having an agent).
To make it clear, this is not your typical comedy special you would get on YouTube and Netflix from your favorite comedians. It is not a 100% jokes. It is 100% real and African. It kinda reminds of those Beyonce visual albums.
It also touches on Yvonne’s journey as an aspiring Nigerian-American in her own right from her parents wanting her to be a doctor as she says in her own words:
In Nigeria, you only four options. You can either be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or a disappointment.
In reference to becoming comedian/actor, instead of a doctor as her parents wanted despite her A-grades. This is typical for African parents to want to choose their kids careers.
So we could easily call it, a documentary – comedy special. This is because there are so many personal elements that reflect within the story telling.
Quick topics she touches include: personal relationships, fame dating, Nigerians in America, African aspirations, African parenting and Nigerian Culture
The only let down would be that there are very few memorable jokes, but the African touch where she spends time in Nigeria with family was a stand out. The show actually starts on high note, however watch out ! You may end up losing your way in the third quarter.
Check out the trailer below
Rating: 7/10 – For a quick wit and charming personality through this comedy spectacular.