10:01am PT by Mikey O'Connell
Ziwe Fumudoh Getting Her Own Variety Show at Showtime
Ziwe Fumudoh, best known to her followers across social media platforms by just her first name, is partnering with Showtime for a new variety series.
The untitled project, which has been given a straight to series order, comes on the heels of a rather stellar summer for the comedian. In the wake of myriad public faux pas on the part of white celebrities and influencers during the heightened dialogue around social justice, Ziwe unofficially revived her former YouTube show Baited with an ongoing series of confrontational Instagram Live interviews — with such notables as Caroline Calloway, Alison Roman, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan — that get attention for both their humor and cringiness. Produced by A24, the new series will feature interviews, sketches and, per a Showtime release, "unscripted and unpredictable real-world rendezvous between everyday people and Ziwe."
“I am beyond excited to make my dream a reality with the brilliant minds at Showtime and A24," said Ziwe. "I can’t wait to make an iconic show with even more iconic guests.”
Ziwe is no stranger to Showtime. The comedian has served as a writer on late-night series Desus & Mero and Our Cartoon President. On the latter, she also offered her voice, playing the role of Kamala Harris.
“Through her addictive online series and her work for our own Desus & Mero and Our Cartoon President, Ziwe has clearly emerged as an auteur voice in comedy and culture,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Showtime EVP of nonfiction programming. “She has turned all of our heads here at Showtime, and we’re excited to be the home for her new series as she continues to grow her edgy and hilarious brand of commentary on race, politics and everything in-between.”
Beginning her comedy career as a Comedy Central intern, Ziwe went on to write for The Onion and The Rundown with Robin Thede.