This fall, YouTube star Issa Rae will be coming to HBO with her new comedy Insecure, which has just received its first trailer. Although it’s less than a minute, the teaser manages to showcase the show’s unique brand of humor and style through a sequence that features Rae’s character attempting, and awkwardly failing, to connect with and educate a classroom full of students. See it for yourself here…
The half-hour, eight-episode series was co-created by Rae and Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show host Larry Willmore and primarily follows the “friendship, experiences and tribulations of two black women” as they navigate through a world that constantly expects them “to settle for less.”
Rae rose to popularity on YouTube with her 2011 Shorty award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. Not entirely different from Insecure, Awkward Black Girl saw Rae starring as a woman named J, who oftentimes finds herself in difficult, but humorous situations. Over the years her channel has accrued over 200,000 subscribers and 20 million total video views.
Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce also star in Insecure, while Rae, Willmore, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Beck and Jonathan Berry all serve as executive producers.