Issa Rae Comedy Gets HBO Pilot Order

HBO is moving ahead with Insecure, giving a pilot order to the comedy project starring Issa Rae. Co-created and written by Rae and Larry Wilmore, Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman. These are also themes Rae has tackled in her successful webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl, which won a Shorty Award.

The project was originally set up at HBO in summer 2013. Wilmore now has a late-night talk show on Comedy Central, so the extent of his future involvement in Insecure is still being figured out, but he remains attached as an executive producer alongside Rae. 3 Arts is producing the project, with Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry serving as executive producers. Search is underway for a director and showrunner.

There has been an emphasis on female vehicles in HBO’s 2015 comedy pilot slate. Rae’s Insecure joins Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and the Lucy Prebble project, toplined by Sarah Silverman.

Rae’s online content has garnered over 20 million views and nearly 200,000 YouTube subscribers. She has made a number of lists, including Glamour Magazine’s “35 Under 35″, Forbes’s “30 Under 30” (twice), Rolling Stone’s 23 Funniest people in America and People Magazine’s “One to Watch” list for 2015. ”Her book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” a collection of reminiscent essays, is being released next Tuesday, Feb. 10, via Simon & Schuster. Rae is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen, Jacobsen.

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  1. BOOMon Feb 4, 2015 3:06 pm

    heck yeah! this is great news, especially for such a funny, hardworking writer. Congrats!

  2. Anonymouson Feb 4, 2015 3:29 pm

    Wonder if Wilmore’s Blackish and Nightly Show accelerated this project which was long in development.

  3. FGon Feb 4, 2015 3:38 pm


  4. Thirsty for Something Differenton Feb 4, 2015 3:46 pm

    Such great news! It’s about time Hollywood recognized what a unique and refreshing voice Issa has.

  5. Iam Dwall Russon Feb 4, 2015 4:01 pm

    Really enjoyed the web series.

  6. Jordanon Feb 4, 2015 6:16 pm

    So excited for her. Way to go Issa!

  7. Sterling Zon Feb 4, 2015 10:32 pm

    TMABG should have gone into production long before Girls, which is much less interesting and certainly much less diverse. Issa has a strong, intelligent and hilarious perspective that should appeal to those ‘girls’ and other viewers who felt that show just didn’t represent a realistic viewing experience. Will be very interesting to see who HBO pulls in for the director and showrunner. Please don’t blow the selections. Good luck Issa and glad you hung in there until they finally came around. A bit of advice … don’t let them ‘note’ you to death !

  8. Roddricon Feb 5, 2015 2:23 am

    I nominate Kenny Smith. He was the showrunner for BET’s The Game. The show shot its last two seasons, late last year.

    • Worked with Himon Feb 6, 2015 1:11 am

      What about Courtney Lilly. Works on Black-ish and definitely one of the next generation of great showrunners. Or for that matter, Yvette Lee Bowser, also on Black-ish and first black woman to get a show on the air.

  9. ashleymatchetton Feb 22, 2015 2:14 pm

    Reblogged this on amb.