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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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