Showcase will premiere two new HBO comedies next month, Insecure from “token black girl” Issa Rae and “weed comedy” High Maintenance (pictured) by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair.
Creator/writer/star Issa Rae brings her fresh voice to HBO with this painfully funny new comedy series, which follows best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles, while facing the challenges of being two African American who defy all stereotypes. Though Issa fancies herself a badass rapper when she’s alone in front of the mirror, her day-to-day life as the “token black girl” at an educational non- profit is far less empowering. With 30 looming large, Issa starts to reconsider a five-year relationship with unemployed boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis), which is going nowhere fast. Struggling just the same is Issa’s BFF Molly, whose professional success as a high-paid lawyer stands in stark contrast to her dismal dating life. After an unexpected performance at an open-mic night, Issa decides to embrace a better and bolder side, but learns that, despite the confidence of her razor-sharp rhymes, being less insecure in everyday life isn’t quite as easy. Over the course of eight Season 1 episodes, Insecure explores the black female experience in a subtle, witty and authentic way, as Issa and Molly stumble their way towards pulling their lives together, while trying their hardest to never settle for less.
Thursdays from November 3 at 9.30pm on Showcase.
A city of strangers with one connection. High Maintenance follows an NYC pot dealer with a list of clients with neuroses as diverse as the city, providing a glimpse into the private lives of customers – and how they light things up. Created, written and directed by the husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the web series High Maintenance made the jump to HBO with six new half-hour episodes that explore the intriguing, often eccentric private lives of dozens of New Yorkers with one connection: their weed dealer. Following a nameless, bike-riding pot-delivery man referred to simply as “The Guy” (Sinclair), the series brings viewers into the homes and routines of a variety of urban characters, each with a different compelling reason for doing business with The Guy. High Maintenance is a “weed” show whose primary focus isn’t really about pot, as it weaves together contemporary vignettes that bring viewers into the apartments, lives and minds of one pot dealer’s colourful and compelling clientele. Filmed primarily on location in Brooklyn, the series offers an authentic, on-the-ground view of NYC, traversing the city alongside The Guy on his daily bike-delivery circuit across the boroughs. Portraying the neurotic New Yorkers in High Maintenance are a myriad of guests, from A-list talent to lesser-known NY theatre mainstays and stars on the rise. Returning guests from the webisodes include Michael Cyril Creighton (Horace and Pete), Australian actress Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Heléne Yorke (Masters of Sex), Greta Lee (Girls) and Hannibal Burress (Broad City), while Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Miriam Shor (Younger), Lee Tergesen (Outcast, Oz) and Peter Friedman (The Affair) are among those new to the HBO series.
Thursdays from November 3 at 10.00pm.