So this past Saturday night while I was layin’ on my couch doing as little as possible in the wee hours of the night, I discovered a web series called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I’d heard of it before and saw people typing all sorts of sounds for laughter and attaching ABG to it, but I was always too lazy to check it out or too busy walking into traffic. But on Saturday night, I saw ABG in my Twitter timeline and decided it was time to see what the hoopla was about.
Typing that sh*t in on Youtube was 1 of the best decisions I’ve made in 2011. I watched all 7 of the videos — ranging from 3.5 to just under 12 minutes — and cracked the f*ck up through each and every 1 of ‘em. It doesn’t take Captain Obvious emailin’ me to know that Issa Rae, the creator, is well on her way to stardom. For those that have seen the web series, you know what it’s about. For those that haven’t, it’s basically a short comedy that creatively tackles many of the every day occurrences that we talk or think about. In the case of this show, it happens to be from the perspective of a black woman…yet somehow relatable to dudes too. The writing is genius. Pure genius I say! Pure genius!
I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe the show and all that keeps coming to mind for me is something like Curb Your Enthusiasm spliced with Everybody Hates Chris(tina) spliced some other shows where you hear the main character’s thoughts while the scene plays out. I had like 4 shows in mind before I wrote this post. But as soon as I started scribing the ferociousness, the bubbles of thought flew out my window and into the clouds.
Anyways, check out the web series if you haven’t. I linked to the show site earlier in the post and you’ll find the 1st webisode below. This sh*t makes me wanna go off, get a camera, film something mediocre, then go back to my day job after realizing I’ll never be this funny. Point blank…the show is dope. I’ll be curious to see how it plays out if it gets picked up and goes from short videos to half hour episodes.
- Slim aka The Light-Skinned Assassin