It looks like the reign of #BlackGirlMagic will continue across our TV screens for a good, long while. With comedies like Insecure, Black-ish, and Atlanta winning big with both audiences and critics, and women like Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe, Courtney Kemp Agboh and Mara Brock Akil churning out hits, it’s a great time to be a Black woman in the biz. One woman who’s hoping to keep the momentum going is writer and comedian Franchesca Ramsey.
After building a dedicated audience on YouTube, Ramsey went on to be a writer onThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and appear on MTV’s web series Decoded. Now, her latest project might just be the answer the hole Key & Peele left when it ended its run on Comedy Central two years ago.
According to Vanity Fair, Ramsey–who’s very outspoken when it comes to things like racism and sexism–will executive produce a still-untitled pilot that will bring together “the most diverse set of comedians on TV” to “heal America through brutal comedy, surprising guests, and breakdowns of the most pressing cultural issues you never knew you cared about.”
The comedian told Too Fab she’s been working on the idea for a while and first pitched it last November.
“I’ve been holding on to this news for four months – longer than four months, because we pitched this show in November of last year,” Ramsey said in the interview. “I’ve known that this is something I wanted to do and have been working on a long time. Every day there were people telling me that I’m not successful and that my career is over and I’m never doing anything, and I knew that they were wrong.”
During her chat with the digital publication, Ramsey also gave a few hints about what viewers can expect from the show if it’s officially picked up by the network.
“It’s a take on late night, but it’s not a traditional late-night show. I feel in many ways it’s an extension of what I’ve been doing already on YouTube or with MTV Decoded or with The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” she explained. “It really feels like a logical next step in terms of the type of stuff I want to do, giving a voice to the voiceless and tackling some issues that I feel like other people aren’t talking about, but in creative and funny ways.”
We can’t wait!