Robin Thede: A Black Lady Sketch Show


(upbeat music) Please welcome Robin Thede. (audience applause) Hey! Hey, Wendy! Hi, my love. So good to see you. You look beautiful. You look amazing. Thank you.
(audience cheers) Hey! Hi, everybody! I love you as a blonde. I love it. I love blonde, too. Look, I gave you 30 inches today. Love, love, in love. Now, put your feet on those feet and give us shoe cam, please. Shoe cam. Model, twirl. A little Alexander Wang situation. Yes. Yes. You know when shoes are so new you just slip on the ground, they’re not even like roughed up yet? No, I get the rubber bottoms immediately ’cause– I should’ve. Yeah, well.
Next time. Your eyes, oh my gosh. I got lucky. Look at pools. Oh, is this my camera? Which one? Eye cam, please. (audience applause) They are Vanessa Williams blue. Right, right. Right. They change, sometimes they’re green and sometimes they’re blue. So, you play with them? What, contacts? No, I wish. I need regular contacts ’cause I can’t see anything. The back row, I can’t see you. You’re probably lovely. I need to get regular contacts, but never colored contacts. I got lucky, I didn’t need them. Yeah, they’re very 1990s. (laughs) So, Robin’s making history, everybody, she’s got this all black female cast and writing team. (audience applause) Which is big. It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal, it’s never been done. We’ve never had a, you know, it’s been, it’s been, I don’t know, 15, 20 years since Chapelle’s show and even longer since In Living Color. We haven’t had a show like this for black folks in a really long time. It’s spunky. Yeah, yeah, so it’s all black women. Me, Quinta Brunson, Gabrielle Dennis, and Ashley Nicole Black make up the core cast and then we have dozens of guest stars. Honey, you saw Angela Bassett, (mumbles), Laverne Cox. (audience applause) We got Patti LaBelle, we got Amber Riley, we got David Alan Grier, we got everybody in this show. Well, who are you most excited to work with? Angela Bassett is the queen, right? (audience applause) When she came on set, first of all, I couldn’t believe she agreed to do the show. I was like–
She’s fun. Thank you.
And so is her husband. That’s a good couple. It is, it is. So, she came on set and I was like, okay, well, she has to be in this, you know, bad bitch support group, so I was like, okay, what does she, is she gonna wear a bodycon? We need her to dress kinda stank and she was so ready to play! She was like, gimme the tight dress! I was like, okay! And she has the body to pull it off. So– I saw her on Kelly and Ryan the other day and I was just a friend in my head. I mean, she’s friend to the couch, but I’m too scared to get too close. Really? Why? Just ’cause of the glow? It’s just too much? Yes, I don’t want to disappoint. You know? Well, you won’t disappoint! What do you mean? Oh, please. No, no, she’s so nice. You know, you’ve talked to her before. I know! Only on the couch. Yeah, well, she was very kind and she was very game. And I was like, is she gonna curse? And she was fine cursing. Right? Wow! That’s the mark of somebody who’s willing to play. Like, are you willing to just be out there? She was, she’s so fantastic. Well, so, Issa Rae, everybody. Yes! Is she your friend in real life? Yes, we’ve been friends for years. When I was the head writer at the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she came and did a panel with us and we started becoming friends then, because I was a fan of hers from the Awkward Black Girl series. So, when my late night show got canceled last summer just after I saw you last– What had happened was… What had happened was BET was like, no more. And, but, it was good, because when that happened– Did you cry? No, because you know what happened? The news came out, five minutes later, Issa Rae called me and said, let’s go, let’s do something together. (audience clapping) And Issa was already with HBO? Yeah. She walked you, she shared her joy, walked you into a meeting talk. That’s right, that’s right. So, she says, I have this production deal at HBO. You already know the executives over there. And I said, yeah, I do, but I’ve never sold anything to HBO. She said, let’s go together. We went to a dinner, I pitched the show, which I had already been taking around town other places anyway, but when we got in that HBO meeting, it was like undeniable and they bought it straight to series, six episodes. No pilot, they didn’t read a script, they said, just take the money and make the show. (audience clapping) Which is crazy! And that never happens on HBO, that never happens on HBO. Or anywhere.
Or anywhere. Yeah. But, yeah, it’s one of the fastest shows that HBO has had put together in a long time. Yeah. So, now you’ve got your thing, do you have love? (sighs)
I need it. (audience awes)
I don’t have it! It’s sad, yes. Aw for me, please.
(audience laughs) You guys, who should I date? Just yell out a name! He said, him!
(laughter) I’m not mad, I’m not mad. You don’t have a job, you’re at a talk show in the middle of the day. No, I’m just kidding, I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding, I’m sure you do. What is your name?
(mouths name) Nice to meet you, I’m Robin. Look, we’re in love. He’s cute.
(audience clapping) He’s cute, look, he’s cute. I have a picture of you with a new friendy of mine. Who? Deon Cole, you know him. Oh, I know him! I love him! There, we are. Aren’t we cute? So, yes! We’re cute.
Would you date him? No– Like, do you find him sexually attractive? Oh, I think he’s beautiful, but we’ve been friends, you know, you’re just friends for so long with somebody? Yes. It’s also hard for me to date comedians. Yes. Because they always try to out-funny me and then, they lose.
(audience laughs) So, it’s hard. What’s your type? I just, breathing. That’s what I say. Yeah, just, like, nice. I like people that are nice. What my girlfriend said I have to do is I have to start approaching dudes more. Like, cause they said– You don’t? I don’t, I don’t. So, they were like, okay, you’re on TV, you’re successful, so you have to approach the dudes. You just have to walk up to a dude and say, hey, I’m Robin, I want to get to know you. I agree with your friend. Yeah, so I tried that. Guys don’t approach aggressive women. That’s true, they don’t. We have to approach them. That’s true, I tried it and this man said, I’m sorry, I’m married and to a man. (laughing) So, that was not successful. The one time.
(laughing) I have to get better at it! I’m gonna keep trying. First, you have to look for the ring, okay? Oh, yeah.
It starts with that. It’s true. Then, get your contacts and get your eyes together and look for the ring. Okay. Play up the eyes, look for the ring, got it. No, no, see with the eyes. Oh, see with the eyes. You said you can’t see. Oh, right. You’re right. I can see up close, I have to get really close though. Robin, how many fingers do I have up? I have no idea.
Exactly. So, Robin is a fan of 227.
Oh, my god. Remember that show?
Huge! Okay.
Huge, huge fan! Now, because you can, like, remake stuff, because you have that power now. Yes. Is this one of your remakes possibly? Yes, so, on the show, you will see a tribute to 227. I play Jackee’s character, Sandra Clark. (audience clapping and whooping) Sandra!
Yeah! So, I get my little uh, baby! I get my little bit of that. There I am! I can’t, I mean.
Look at that! (audience cheering and clapping) That is so good! I can’t tell the difference between. What fun! It’s so, it’s so fun and you’ll see. That’s a good one. We do something really wild with it and with the blessing of the original cast and it’s really, really exciting. Just one of those things that no other show is gonna let me do, so I’m so excited. I’ve never seen those side-by-side, I’m so excited. But, the cool thing about it is I used to do this live show called 227: The Lost Episodes, where we would improvise old– Wow, you really are a fan! Oh no, I’m a super fan! I did it for two years at Second City in LA. So, I’m excited to bring it to TV. (audience clapping) ‘Cause that was a great show and it was an unproblematic show. That show doesn’t have anybody on it who’s now in trouble or any of that. Like, it’s just a, you can watch it today, there’s no problem watching it. They don’t have any bad. You’re a whole lot of fun. So, Robin recently celebrated her birthday. I did! Yes. And, Robin, Robin, I have a birthday message gift for you. Oh, my gosh!
Okay, take a look. Hey! This is Jackee! Hey, hey, hey! Win this pimp!
(laughs) Happy birthday, Robin! Congratulations on your show on HBO! (kissing noise) (audience cheering) Robin, you’re delightful and good luck with everything. Thank you so much! Her new show, Robin, is called a Black Lady Sketch Show premieres Friday night at 11:00 on HBO. (upbeat music)

100 comments

  • Taylor Lawson

    Angela Bassett is LIVING PROOF THAT BLACK DON'T CRACK

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  • Win With Keshia

    Aww!!! She’s a sweetheart ❤️

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  • Nzuri Moja

    Black Lady Sketch Show is hella funny, I love it! And I love her on the show.

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  • Sherrie Bush

    Wow she looks like a mix of Vanessa Williams / Ronnie from Players club Chrystal /Keri Hilson /.!& A sprinkle of Eva from top model.. LOL

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  • WhoNeedsPants

    "I got lucky, I didn't need 'em."

    Okay.

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  • Naenesa

    So inspirational I have been waiting for a show like this for years!! I'm so happy they brought back Black sketch comedy!!

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  • missy

    Show is hilarious. So excited

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  • Sicarre Supreme

    Why am i just discovering robin thede, she is super funny, i was listening to one of here comedy skit while driving and i also crashed my car 5 times because i was laughing so hard.

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  • Shont'e Roxanne

    I just watched some of The Black Lady Sketch Show! I'm a new fan of Robin Thede. She is Hilarious!!❤

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  • KamisKisses

    When man closes a door, God opens a whole new world. Amen.

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  • Tamara Coleman

    I like Robin a lot!!

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  • Alicia Graddick

    Issa Rae = Gatekeeper! #blackexcellence

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  • Amir Mcphearson

    love that show!

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  • Lashes BYTHEGREAT

    One WORD…. WELL TWO WORDS.. MUTHAFUCCIN ISSA!!!!!!!

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  • Alex Ruland

    her Jackee was insane!! like INSANEly on point.

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  • Freeman Dockery

    Great interview this was fun to watch

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  • Watching TESHA

    ❤❤❤❤❤

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  • Christine

    I would put my money on Issa and Robin with no questions either 🤷🏾‍♀️ love the show

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  • kassia pencek

    That's awesome wendy!

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  • Carmela Palmer

    I love her show! The case dud such a good job on the 227 schetch.

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  • Cree

    It’s a great show

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  • Foreverlove Green

    Wendy sucks!! Only here for Robin.

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  • Irene Yvette

    She got lucky because of her eye color? Is she even black? Half? A quarter or something? I have seen the show, seems it regularly degrades black women…which sucks because I REALLY wanted to like it. Now I see why it is the way it is.

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  • MusicJunkie 75

    That’s that Black Girl Magic

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  • Righteous 101

    Love Robin Thede, and HBO for picking up the show.

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  • Moto Gyal

    She sounded and looked just like Sondra😂😂😂

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  • Asset Yakcm

    I cant stand Wendy …she just cant be trusted…allegedly!

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  • Ashley

    Some of y'all so 'woke' that you need a nap. Settle down😓

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  • Tonia's Reviews

    Anyone watching these please stop what your doing and look up the show. Its absolutely brilliant.

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  • NEFrettiti M

    🌺🏆 BRILLIANT🏆🌺

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  • SkitzR SkitzR

    A black sketch show is everything

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  • staylor0524

    L-O-V-E her!!!

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  • Inga04

    This show is absolutely intelligently hilarious!!!!!

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  • Inga04

    Deon Cole is not sexy 😂

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  • Nastassia T

    That show is hella funny!!!

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  • Louis Graham

    I dont have a tv. Does anyone know if you can buy hbo online?

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  • LVNDR BEAUTY

    I love her!!!

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  • Amraya Baptiste

    I saw the episode. Robin did such an amazing impersonation. That girl can act! At times I wondered if that was the real person. How did she do it so well?

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  • Tyrician Kelly

    I like a Black Lady Sketch Show💪🏾♥️

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  • Andre Drew

    Ugh if I had HBO I’d be watching the HELL out of this show. I’ve loved Robin Thede since Larry Willmore and her talk show. I’ve been watching the clips on YouTube and it’s hilarious

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  • Frofessionaly Me

    I love a black lady sketch show🥰🥰🥰😂😂😂 It never fails to make me laugh

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  • Ronnie Bruce

    Looooooooooove her!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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  • Hasan Sabir

    wow fucking shame on BET. I havent watched in years. I saw them slowly tanking.

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  • Anita Raymond

    Robin look good I like her

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  • Jarvis DuBois

    i love Robin, loving the show!  continued blessings/successes Robin!

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  • S.D. Clinton

    Why is it lucky to have blue eyes?

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  • S.D. Clinton

    Love her show. It's brilliant.

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  • GyrlBlaque

    Tracee Ellis Ross should be on the show

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  • Bees Indatrap

    I WILL MEET ROBIN AND TELL HER HOW MUCH SHE HAS IMPACTED MY SORRY LIFE

    AND WHEN WE MEET SHE WILL BE PROUD

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  • Licia Johnson

    That's what I call a TRUE FRIENDSHIP!

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  • Reign Lhyt of Gratitude

    Robin, Vanessa Williams, and Nicole Ari-Parker…..Just throw them all on a show/skit as sisters or doing something with "green eyes".

    I'd love Robin and Deon together. I'll take him….he's gorgeous 😍😉😜😶😔😀

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  • Charles Walker

    Bruh I’m just seeing this and I’ve already fell in love with her show!!! So glad I know the backstory of how her show started. Big ups to Issa Rae for supporting another black women after BET played themselves.

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  • So Sage She Savage

    Robin's show is a smash hit. I love the sketch clips HBO keeps sharing. Wendy, thanks for the interview.

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  • Jason Barnes

    04:57…damn Robin that was savage af.

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  • Terri T.

    I wish that BET get shut dooown!!! Unless it's for Us. By Us. Why have it. The show is AWESOME!!!

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  • HighHeels HighStandards

    Goes to show that When one doors closes another one opens 🤗

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  • deejaytunez

    Renewed for a second season this is what we needed !!!

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  • Taelor Sharee

    👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

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  • Tad Rogers

    She sounds and has some action like Kathy Griffin!

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  • Marco Penate

    Just found out this was put together fast and I hope they can get the next season out here faster. It was actual gold.

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  • Willahbean

    Yassss that girl said straight to series, no pilot, 6 episodes, no script, 💰💰💰. Now that’s some Black Girl Magic. Love how Issa was like girl I got you, lego.

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  • Sharon D.

    Wow!!!! That's that Black girl power Robin!! Breathing…..Lol!!! I AM SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU ROBIN THEDE!!!! YAAY!!!

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  • pocopurcell

    Idk if im the only one but i felt Wendys hateration vibe going on.

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  • Chante` Ruddock

    Growing up, my dream was to be on a sketch show. As a black woman, I'm glad this show exists.

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  • Dee Makeup Lover

    This brought tears to my eyes. Tears of happiness and pride. Yessss! Let’s be great! 💃🏽✨

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  • Kuldoxy

    She's just such an amazing actress. She's so funny esp when she acts like a boy! 😅😅😅

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  • Sandi Agatha

    Wendy seems tired in the clip. Robin seems to be carrying the talk clip. I'm UK, can't wait to see A Black Lady Sketch show. :))

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  • Tom Rain

    So sweet!!! I cried at the end!

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  • BOUGIE BABY

    Her show is funny as hell !

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  • Veronica Cobb

    HBO is realizing what Netflix and YouTube understands, theres a market for black people who support smart comedy, drama and documentarys. We're ready for this new narrative.

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  • Erica Gamet

    WW: What's your type?
    RT: Breathing.
    Me: I'm breathing!

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  • Dutch Bitch

    wendy seems intimidated by her.

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  • nubiana75

    a black lady sketch show is just the most hilarious thing on tv right now! I love Robin Thede! Well done you girl!

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  • Lady Kat

    I love her energy!!

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  • S McCray

    I'm about to watch it now

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  • ChellyTheGreat

    The Black Lady sketch show is genius and amazing!

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  • leah gaiter

    Aww so sweet of Jackeé Harris!!!

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  • D. Mundy-Bennett

    I would love to write for this show !!!

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  • Logan Benjamin

    If you haven’t watched A black lady sketch please watch it 😂 It’s hilarious

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  • rei miles

    they should have regina hall as guest

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  • Zackary Joubert

    Hey look it's a white woman who is only like %5 black trying to come off as black. Can I claim to be black too? I don't get it.

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  • jaliahla hawkins

    She is beautiful .

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  • magus9130

    The Birthday surprise with Jackeé was EVERYTHING👋😭

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  • Rose White

    Her father is white though what NARRATIVE is she pushing??? The Obama / Kamala narrative!!!!

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  • Dood Nath

    Why is Wendy Williams chanelling Kylie Jenner and that’s not a good thing

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  • Sonny Skye

    She funny AF

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  • Elsy Valerio

    BET had to Canceled for her next come up♥️💕💕💕♥️♥️♥️♥️What a success story

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  • FMAiscool

    Dude I loved this show so far! I'm white and I wanna see more black women humor 😀

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  • grecomic

    1:40 Is she forgetting Key and Peele? …or intentionally leaving them out for some reason?

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  • Alvin Del Rey

    I love her energy & wish her all the success cause she deserves it

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  • YTU1116

    Wendy was jealous of Robin Thede. You can see the hate pouring out of Wendy's whole body unfortunately!

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  • Kambura kirimi

    I knew she was gonna say Angela basset❤😘😍😍😍

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  • Joshua Samuels

    Love Robin. The show is hilarious!

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  • rachel blake

    I Love The Show😍❤

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  • Tamara

    Wendy stay trying to hook up Deon Cole. I think she's trying to check if he's single still lol. I remember her flirting with him on the couch lol

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  • Levelz On Levels

    Aww love love love Issa Rae

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  • Diladileni Willem

    I love her voice

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  • Star Light Star Bright

    Is Wendy sick?

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  • James Brown

    Why is Wendy so awkward

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  • Sherman Green

    She reminds me of a white Kathy Griffin. Her voice and face,nose
    especially. She evens jokes like her. Go back replay some of her visits on Wendy compare 😁😁😁 and does a good Jackee of 227.

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