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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 16: Yvonne Orji performs onstage during her "Lagos to Laurel" tour at Buckhead Theatre on February 16, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Yvonne Orji's First Comedy Special Is Headed to HBO

The special is being tapped at Howard University this month.

Yvonee Orji is bringing her comedic chops center stage with the premiere of her first-ever comedy special on HBO.

The comedian and Insecure star who is currently embarking on her "Lagos to Laurel" comedy tour, will shoot the hour-long special in front of a live audience at Howard University this month, reports Deadline. It looks like Orji's Nigerian heritage will be a central point during the show, as the special will also include footage shot in Lagos last month.


The special is directed by Chris Robinson, with Orji acting as both writer and executive producer. Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman are also executive producers on the project.

The actor shared the news on Instagram on Tuesday, highlighting what she called a "full circle moment" in her career:

"Before ever stepping on a stage to tell my first joke, my only point of reference for comedy was sneaking into my parents bedroom (they had a cable box—remember those) to watch Def Comedy Jam on HBO," wrote Orji. "CUT TO: years later... I'm gonna have my very first comedy special air on @hbo! DC, PG, I'm coming home, FEB 29th to tape TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS at the Howard Theater to honor my mom, who was a nurse at HU for 27 years."

Orji, who plays Molly on the hit HBO series Insecure, was also seen in last year's Night School and is set to star in the upcoming film Vacation With Friends alongside Lil Rel and John Cena.

The special is set to be tapped at Howard Theater on February 29. Tickets to the tapping are free. The special, will premiere on HBO this summer.

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