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Room for Discussion: Mentorship & Black Women in Comedy

Michelle Buteau, London Hughes and Sam Jay will participate in ‘Room for Discussion: Mentorship & Black Women in Comedy,’ a conversation presented by Messenger in recognition of Black History Month. The comedians will interact and answer questions with five up-and-coming Black female comics from the Facebook group Displaced Comedians which was created during the pandemic for comedians to network and share opportunities. The conversation will stream in a Messenger Room on Variety’s Facebook page on Thursday, February 25 at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET."

Actress, author and comedian Michelle Buteau published her debut book “Survival of the Thickest” in December 2020, and her first one-hour comedy special “Welcome to Buteaupia” is on Netflix. She is the host of “The Circle” for Netflix, which will return for Season 2 this Spring, and is in production on Season 2 of the BET+ original series “First Wives Club.” Her next film “Marry Me” will be released in 2022.

London Hughes is a British comedian and writer whose Netflix special “To Catch a D*ck” premiered last year to critical acclaim. The special was based on her Edinburgh Fringe Festival of the same name where she became the first Black female nominated for Best Comedy Show out of the festival. London can currently be seen on “The Netflix Afterparty” and “History of Swear Words.”

Stand-up comedian and writer Sam Jay, she is currently in production on her forthcoming late night HBO series that will tackle race, politics, and more with Executive Producer Prentice Penny. In 2017 she began her comedy career as a writer for SNL and last year premiered a Netflix special entitled “3 in the Morning.”

“Black Women in comedy today are defining the industry and making waves around the world. From breakout roles in movies to award-winning comedy specials and podcasts, together these women are building a rich and diverse comedic legacy. Messenger is proud to partner with Variety to amplify their stories and encourage conversation around their experiences during ‘Room For Discussion: Mentorship & Black Women in Comedy’ on Messenger Rooms. We can't wait to tune in as fearless funny ladies Michelle Buteau, London Hughes, and Sam Jay chat about creating change and uplifting future
generations to come” said Messenger Team.


This content is part of our Made By collection curated to highlight the Black experience and black creatives during Black History Month.

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