Comedy Central Orders Awkwafina, B. D. Wong Series

Awkwafina is a delight, and we’re happy to report that we’ll be getting a lot more of her because Comedy Central just ordered a [shocker] comedy series, which will also star B.D. Wong.

Actress/musician Awkwafina
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One of the breakout stars of Crazy Rich Asians, the rapper-actress is enjoying newfound recognition from her role in the well received internationally acclaimed film.

She offered this statement on the series news:

“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today. I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian-American girl against the backdrop of the city [in which] I was raised.”

Reportedly, the series will be semi-autobiographical; inspired by Awkwafina’s own upbringing in Queens. The 10-episode series will follow an ambitious Queens-dwelling twentysomething who lives with her father and grandmother, and will be titled Awkwafina.

B.D. Wong is set to co-star as Awkwafina’s father, and Lori Tan Chinn (Orange Is The New Black), will play her grandmother, and Saturday Night Live writer Bowen Yang will play Awkwafina’s more successful cousin.

Awkwafina will also serve as an executive producer, as well as writing the first episode alongside Karey Dornetto (SMILF, Portlandia) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy, American Dad).Lucia Aniello (Broad City, Rough Night) is on board to direct the pilot.

We’ll let you know when we hear about a possible release date.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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