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HBO Presents the Premiere of "A Black Lady Sketch Show" with Issa Rae and Saweetie



This weekend, HBO® hosted an exclusive premiere night watch party for the debut episode of the network’s new comedy series A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW. The event featured a performance by hip-hop star SAWEETIE, appearances by ROBIN THEDE (Executive Producer & Star), ISSA RAE (Executive Producer), and the show’s talented cast & crew, and intimate screening of the first episode at it was simultaneously broadcasted around the country.


Inspired by the show’s setting and signature closing scenes, the event converted a luxe West Hollywood mansion into a theatre and party space. Inside the intimate, VIP-only event, guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the show’s cast and crew before watching the debut episode. The premiere night watch party also included an exceptional performance by hip-hop star SAWEETIE – whose music is featured in the series! Guests were treated to event-themed cocktails and small bites, as well as a live set by JASMINE SOLANO.


Notable guests in attendance included:

  • Issa Rae

  • Larry Wilmore

  • Yvonne Orji

  • Essence Atkins

  • Woody McClain

  • Natasha Rothwell

  • Angela Manuel Davis

  • Yvette Nicole Brown

  • Simone Shepherd

  • Nicole Byer

  • Brittani Nichols

  • Jas Waters

  • Ms. Nix


The half-hour comedy series “A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW” is a narrative set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. Executive Produced by Robin Thede and Issa Rae (Insecure), the new show features sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis, and Quinta Brunson. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” is the first sketch comedy series to be written, directed and starring black women.


She show is smart and funny, clearly taps into the nuances of what it means/feels like to be a black woman today. It’s also self-aware. We interested in where they will take it.


“A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW” series premiere airs exclusively on HBO on Friday, August 2nd at 11:00 PM EST with new episodes airing every Friday. For more information, visit https://www.hbo.com/a-black-lady-sketch-show. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.


Check out the slideshow from the exclusive premiere night watch party below:


EVENT PHOTOS (Credit: Dorothy Hong/Team Epiphany)

EVENT PHOTOS (Credit: Thai Lee/THAheadline)

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