Kenya Barris Sketch Comedy Show Gets Series Order at Netflix

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Kenya Barris has set a second series at Netflix: a sketch-comedy series starring the New York-based improv troupe Astronomy Club.

The six-episode series, also called Astronomy Club, will feature sketches that use comedy to discuss complex and nuanced real-world topics, ranging from pop culture to social issues to the black experience in America.

The show is the second for Barris at Netflix, where he signed a rich overall deal in 2018 after years at ABC Studios. The Black-ish and Grown-ish creator is also executive producing and starring in a family comedy called Black Excellence alongside fellow EP Rashida Jones.

The variety series categories — sketch and talk — were the only major Emmy areas in Tuesday's nominations not to feature at least one Netflix show.

Astronomy Club formed in 2013 and soon became the first all-black house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Group members Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses and Keisha Zollar will star in the series.

Barris will exec produce via his Khalabo Ink Society along with Daniel Powell (I Think You Should Leave, Inside Amy Schumer) of Irony Point.