Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show – First Look & Impression

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After A Black Lady Sketch Show, it seems Netflix wants to replicate the success with Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show.

Creator(s) Kenya Barris, Daniel Powell
Director(s) N/A
Writer(s) N/A
Release Date 12/6/2019
Episode Count 6
Cast Members
Themselves Shawtane Bowen
Themselves Jonathan Braylock
Themselves Ray Cordova
Themselves James III
Themselves Caroline Martin
Themselves Jerah Milligan
Themselves Monique Moses
Themselves Keisha Zollar

Official Synopsis

“Why the name Astronomy Club? We’re black and we’re all stars. And like most stars, nobody knows our names.” – Keisha Zollar, Astronomy Club member

The members of the eponymous group, who first formed in 2014 and built a following through live performance in New York, include Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses, and Keisha Zollar.  Sketches will explore an array of topics ranging from pop culture and social issues to the Black experience. Barris executive produces the series alongside showrunner Daniel Powell (Inside Amy Schumer, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson) and Khalabo Ink Society’s Anni Weisband

Our Take

As noted in the intro, and as you can see from the sketch preview, this pretty much seems like Black Lady Sketch Show, but with the cast being men and women. But also, it seems things are being taken a bit further when it comes to the Black experience. The sketch shows that through taking on not just the Magical Negro trope, but naming names. With that, it seems there will be a bit more confrontation with this show and instead of just addressing broad topics, it will address specific subjects and properties.

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