Comedy Central has learned that the world is asking for more Awkwafina and the network is giving the actor her own series to shine in.
The network announced this week that it has ordered 10 episodes of her self-titled scripted series, the order was confirmed by Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Talent and Development for Comedy Central.
The network describes the series adding, “Awkwafina is a half-hour scripted narrative starring writer, actor and rapper 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). The cast is rounded out by Bowen Yang as Awkwafina’s more successful cousin, BD Wong as her father, and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother.
Awkwafina is executive produced by Awkwafina, Dornetto, Aniello, Karey Dornetto, Peter Principato and Itay Reiss of Artists First, and co-executive produced by Hsiao. Monika Zielinska, Adam Londy and Rachel Olson are Executives in Charge of the show for Comedy Central.
“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 Larsen and Babineau. “We’re happy to be used as a pawn in Awkwafina’s elaborate, EGOT endgame.”
The show will join the scripted half-hour series “Robbie,” “The Other Two” and “South Side”; sketch-comedy series “Alternatino” with Arturo Castro; stand-up series “This Week at the Comedy Cellar” and “The New Negroes”; new series from Jordan Klepper and Anthony Jeselnik; along with the final season of Broad City. Awkwafina is represented by UTA, Artists First and lawyer Isaac Dunham.