In the mood for a chal­lenge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - In­se­cure,

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

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