Created by Robin Thede, former head writer of “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” and host of “The Rundown With Robin Thede,” variety sketch series nominee “A Black Lady Sketch Show” is subversive, smart and above all a joy to watch. That is, of course, a testament to the talent and range of the stars — Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis — who exemplify the revolutionary possibilities of a show that includes more than one (token) funny Black woman.
On top of the humor, there is a tangible sense that everybody involved relished bringing each sketch to life. The six-episode first season was packed with standout sketches; my favorites include “Invisible Spy,” “The Basic Ball,” “Courtroom Kiki” and “Dance Biter.”
Additional “A Black Lady Sketch Show” nominations include directing in a variety series for Dime Davis and guest actress in a comedy series for Angela Bassett.
— Tracy Brown