How long have we been talking about Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle’s “The New Negroes” coming to Comedy Central? It feels like we’ve been waiting forever to get a premiere date and trailer, and now we have both. If the trailer is any indication, its been worth waiting for because this show looks like a hit and a half.
The stand up, and music comedy show has been touring live, and we’ve been keeping an eye on them since back in January 2016 at LA Riot Festival, and most recently got to catch the duo in Montreal at Just for Laughs last summer. We knew Mike Eagle long before we had heard about the New Negros from his calls and appearances on SiriusXM’s Bennington and its predecessor, Ron and Fez.
The series looks ridiculous with major guest stars, great energy, stand up music and music videos, so it’s not just a television translation of their live show. Here’s what we know from Comedy Central. We’re getting eight episodes premiering on Comedy Central April 19 at 11pm ET/PT. Each episode will include stand-up performances from three different comedians and will conclude with an original music video featuring Open Mike Eagle and a guest recording artist, with some guest-actor appearances. Guests dropping in on the boys include Hannibal Buress, Chris Redd, Donnell Rawlings, Lil Rel, Sasheer Zamata, Dulce Sloan, Sam Jay and George Wallace. There will also be musical guests like Method Man, MF Doom, Danny Brown, Phonte, Lizzo, Father, and Sammus.
And the music is all going to be released digitally after each episode, which is exciting.
Week one starts strong- not only is Hannibal Buress on the episode but three giant talents are kicking off the series performing stand up. You already know Chris Redd who joined the cast of Saturday Night Live last year and has been prominently featured in every episode ever since. Langston Kerman has been making all of the lists of who is up and coming in stand up including frequent appearance on our own “who will break out this year” series, and everyone agrees he has a big future. And we’re so excited that Shalewa Sharpe is on this episode because she is one of the more underrated but significant talents in New York City. She deserves to be seen and you’re going to love her.
We’ll be following along all season with some previews of upcoming episodes and we’re predicting big love for The New Negros.
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle is a socially aware stand-up and music series showcasing a collection of new and established comedians and musicians. According to Vaughn and Eagle, the pair took inspiration for the series and title from the term “New Negro” as popularized during the Harlem Renaissance, referring to Black Americans speaking up, telling their own stories, and affirming their various identities to dismantle outdated assumptions and beliefs.
“Our series gets its title and its mission from a book named ‘The New Negro’ by Alain Locke,” said Vaughn and Eagle. “That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance. In other words, it was a place where black people shared their lives, their perspectives, and their ideals. It was a place where black people could define themselves instead of being defined by others. Our show aspires to do the same with stand-up comedy, music, and music videos. We’re paying homage to that original movement by inviting comedians and musicians to do what they do best: speak.”
Watch the trailer!