In the mood for a challenge
The second season of this challenging and funny HBO series, created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, begins this week.
Wilmore has been a long-time TV writer, responsible for thoughtful comedies such as The Bernie Mac Show and thoroughly unserious ones too, such as sketch show In Living Color with Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans.
Audiences will most likely recognise Wilmore from his role as the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show from 2006 to 2014, his turn as MC for the White House Correspondents Dinner last year, or his late night panel show The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (which was recently cancelled).
Rae, who also stars here, adapted Insecure from her successful YouTube series The MisAdventures of Awkward Black Girl, which she started in 2011.
Insecure revolves around everyday challenges Insecure as experienced by Issa and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), running the gamut from careers to love. (It is quite sexually explicit and features nonstop use of the n-word.)
Rae recently discussed with The Hollywood Reporter the notion that there are different types of comedy for black and white audiences, recalling being told during high school that she was “white people funny”. She says: “Everyone has felt insecure or socially uncomfortable or inept ... you can’t say you don’t relate because this is a ‘black show’.”
In this episode, Issa is working on a project promoting student services in a disadvantaged high school, while hoping to reunite with former boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis). Meanwhile, Molly, a lawyer, discovers she is not being paid as much as her white male colleague. Monday, 10.10pm, Showcase.
Lisa Joyce, right, with Issa Rae, who adapted from her successful YouTube series