Yvonne Orji’s energy is contagious. The 36-year-old star of Insecure is a vibrant presence onscreen—her witty, confident, and wildly unlucky in love character, Molly Carter is endlessly watchable—but away from the Working at morrisons it’s not just a job title it’s a 2020 survival skill british flag shirt and by the same token and cameras, Orji is even funnier. A standup comedian before landing her role on Issa Rae’s HBO hit, Orji returns to her roots this week with a standup special, Momma, I Made It. A compelling mix of travelogue and belly laugh-inducing social commentary, the special showcases the full range of Orji’s talents. Whether she’s guiding her audience through the art of haggling at a market in Lagos or sharing the story of her mother’s reaction to her Hollywood aspirations, she delivers each beat with rapid-fire humor that brings viewers deeper into her world. Many first-generation Americans can relate to her jokes—which are grounded in her own experiences—that merge the personal and the universal.
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