Lilly Singh to Star in New Sketch Comedy Series for NBC

Called ‘Sketchy Times,’ the series see Singh performing multiple sketches where she will portray every character.

Called ‘Sketchy Times,’ the series see Singh performing multiple sketches where she will portray every character.

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by The RepresentASIAN Project
August 24, 2020

Lilly Singh has just landed another gig at NBC, and this time, it’s primetime.

The Late Night With Lilly Singh host, who hails from Scarborough, Ont., is set to write and star in a two-episode sketch-comedy series for the network titled Sketchy Times With Lilly Singh.

According to the press release, Sketchy Times will center on Singh, who will “perform in multiple sketches where she portrays every character and satirize how we’re all adjusting to the new normal. Each episode will feature a specific theme and include her signature musical parodies.” The release also notes that the show will be shot at Singh’s home “with minimal crew and proper safety protocols enforced.”

“Ten years ago I started playing every character in my sketches because my friends were all ‘stop annoying us to be a part of your skits,'” Singh said in the release. “With Sketchy Times, I’m going to play every character because me, myself and I have been training for this moment.”

Singh shared the news on Instagram, sharing she has been “preparing for this moment for the past ten years.”

“I’m very grateful to be able to create in.. well, some sketchy times. I think we all need a little laughter this year,” she captioned the post.

A premiere date for the two-episode series will be announced “in the coming weeks.” Variety reports that according to a source, NBC could potentially order more episodes should the first two perform well.

The Punjabi Indo-Canadian entertainer first rose to fame through her YouTube channel IISuperwomanII. Last September, she became the first openly bisexual woman and the first person of Indian and South Asian decent to host a late-night talk show on a broadcast network when she debuted her NBC late-night show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh, which took over the time slot previously occupied by Last Call With Carson Daly.

Despite her history making moves, Singh has come under fire numerous times for appropriating Black and Caribbean culture, most recently in April for posting a video of herself singing and dancing to her remake of the 2005 song “Badman Forward, Badman Pull Up” by dancehall and reggae artist Ding Dong, where she whines her waist and puts on a Caribbean accent.

Here’s hoping Singh does not bring more cultural appropriation into this new series.

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