Comedy Central is working with writer, actor and rapper Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians) on a ten-episode series.
The half-hour self-titled series will feature Awkwafina as a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger-than-life existence while living with her father and grandmother. Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto (SMILF, Portlandia) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy, American Dad) wrote the pilot directed by Lucia Aniello (Broad City, Rough Night).
“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today,” said Awkwafina. “I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian American girl against the backdrop of the city I was raised.”
“This is a special project. Inspired by Awkwafina’s formative years in Queens, the show is both a personal look into one of comedy’s brightest stars and also a relatable, funny profile of a young hustler’s struggle,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, executive VPs and co-heads of talent and development for Comedy Central. “We’re happy to be used as a pawn in Awkwafina’s elaborate EGOT endgame.”