Has anyone tuned in to watch Issa Rae’s new hit comedy series on HBO, Insecure? If you haven’t then your officially out of the loop!
Issa Rae remembers the first time she felt insecure. As a sixth-grader at a predominantly black middle school in Los Angeles, her peers taunted her for acting and talking “like a white girl. “It was kind of jarring to be like, ‘What? I’m just talking, and I’m obviously black,’ ” Rae says. “That definitely caused me to question what the definition of blackness was to people, like, if I didn’t fit into that box, what box did I fit in?”
Her awkward childhood experience lead to something remarkable. The show is a spin-off from Issa Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl. Based on her life, Rae shares embarrassing personal, and professional woes of a single African-American woman. Her YouTube channel drew more than 25 million views and she adapted it into a bestselling book.
Insecure’s first episode focused on Issa and her best friend who share their relatively low-key relationship foibles. There’s no huge twist or traumas, but the series is a hilarious gem that offers intriguing conversations about sexuality, race, and culture. It’s the first pilot on HBO this season, that comes close to perfection.
The series has already been compared to comedies like, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office. Its biggest laughs live in the awkward pauses, and stilted social interactions. Issa Rae should be very secure about the future for her show because people everywhere are talking about their favorite awkward moments, and can’t wait for the next episode.
Watch the hit series on HBO (Sunday, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT).