Comedy Central has released the official trailer for the new series Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, featuring the title comedian in a series inspired by her upbringing in Flushing, Queens, New York.
The series premieres Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Creator and writer Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians) stars in the half-hour scripted comedy, which details a life of a girl raised by her Dad (BD Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang). Her character, Nora Lin, leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-NYC.
Guest stars include Celia Au, Matthew Broussard, Michelle Buteau, Jamie Chung, Laverne Cox, Deborah S. Craig, Makeda Declet, Jennifer Esposito, Chrissie Fit, Chris Gethard, Bella Heathcote, Carmen M. Herlihy, Stephanie Hsu, David Krumholtz, Simu Liu, Natasha Lyonne, John ‘Dumbfoundead’ Park, Matt Rogers, Harry Shum Jr., Melissa Villaseñor, Ming-Na Wen and Jaboukie Young-White.
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens recently announced a slate of predominantly female and diverse directors for the 10-episode series: Emmy-nominated actress/director Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Lucia Aniello (Broad City), Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader), The Daniels (Swiss Army Man), Steven Tsuchida (Younger) and Anu Valia (The Other Two).
Episodes of Awkwafina is Nora From Queens will be available the day after premiere via On Demand, the Comedy Central App and cc.com. In addition, episodes will launch the day after each linear premiere on the Apple TV app, Prime Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, VUDU, Sony PlayStation Video, FandangoNOW and Verizon Flexview, and clips from the series will be available on the Comedy Central YouTube channel and Comedy Central web and social-media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and cc.com.
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens is executive produced by Nora Lum, Karey Dornetto, Lucia Aniello, Teresa Hsiao, Peter Principato and Itay Reiss of Artists First. Sarah Babineau and Rachel Olson are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
The announcement comes as Comedy Central closed its 2018-2019 fiscal year claiming strong overall growth and series performance. Overall in FY2018-2019, Comedy Central claimed it had a +5% gain among adults 18-49, and recorded its largest share since the 2015 fiscal year, marking 10 consecutive quarters of year-over-year share growth in the demo, the longest streak since tracking began.
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