LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Rapper and actress Awkwafina has landed a role as the star of a new television series on Comedy Central.
The half-hour scripted narrative will feature Awkwafina as a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother.
Awkwafina, along with Karey Dornetto (SMILF, Portlandia) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy, American Dad) wrote the pilot, which was directed by Lucia Aniello (Broad City, Rough Night)
The cast also includes Bowen Yang as Awkwafina’s more successful cousin, BD Wong as her father, and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother.
Comedy Central has ordered a ten-episode first season of the show, which will debut on the Viacom-owned comedy channel in 2019.
Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, is no stranger to working in front of the camera and she’s had roles in big screen projects such as Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians and the indie film Dude. On the small screen, she’s appeared in MTV’s Girl Code and was the host of a self-created short-form web series Tawk.
Her musical career includes her solo album, 2014’s Yellow Ranger and her 2018 EP In Fina We Trust.
She’s repped by UTA, Artists First and lawyer Isaac Dunham.