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Nigerian-American actress, comedienne and writer Yvonne Orji comes to Carolines for six shows as part of the NY Comedy Festival.
On television, she stars in HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy series Insecure. The show follows the friendship of two modern-day black women and all their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Orji stars as one of these women opposite Issa Rae, who is executive producing the show along with Prentice Penny and Melina Matsoukas.
She is also currently developing a half-hour sitcom based on her life entitled First Gen, that Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo are executive producing. The show is a comedy about a Nigerian girl who trades medical school for a career in stand-up comedy and the adventures that ensue after her strict African mother discovers her plans.
Yvonne is also a distinguished stand-up comedian. This summer, she opened for Chris Rock in Atlanta and will be opening for him at other stops on his tour later this year. Yvonne is also known for her inspiring TED Talk, “The Wait is Sexy,” in which she discusses her virginity and decision to wait until marriage.
Additional television projects she has been involved with include The Africa Channel and BET’s Comic View and the Martin-Lawrence produced, TV One series Love That Girl. She also hosted a YouTube series called The Conversation, presented by P4CM, whose channel boasts nearly 147K subscribers.