Thursday, April 20, 2017

Franchesca Ramsey is First Black Woman to Create a Pilot for Comedy Central - COLOR LINES

by Sameer Rao
Originally published: April 19, 2017

Franchesca Ramsey will soon bring her instructional humor to a new Comedy Central project. The network announced yesterday (April 18) that Ramsey secured a pilot order for a still-untitled project, described as follows in the network's press release: 

Led by Franchesca Ramsey, the most diverse set of comedians on TV will heal America through brutal comedy, surprising guests and breakdowns of the most pressing cultural issues you never knew you cared about. Who knew the awful truth was so hilarious?

The comedian and actress is best known for creating and starring in videos that unravel a contemporary issue related to racism or social justice. She frequently used this model while hosting MTV's "Decoded," creating segments that addressed topics like slavery apologists and racist voter ID laws. Ramsey also brought this model to guest correspondent segments on Comedy Central's now-defunct "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore." Ramsey is the first Black woman to headline a Comedy Central pilot, and she will executive produce the show.