Awkwafina’s new series gets a title with Natasha Lyonne set to direct
Comedy Central has revealed the official title of Awkwafina’s forthcoming half-hour comedy series which will now called Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens. The series is based on rapper-actress’ real name Nora Lum. The network has also announced the lineup of the directors that are set to helm episodes including: Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Lucia Aniello (Broad City), Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader), The Daniels (Swiss Army Man), Steven Tsuchida (Younger) and Anu Valia (The Other Two).
Loosely based on Awkwafina’s real life experiences, Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens will follow the story of a young woman named Nora Lum, who is growing up in Flushing. Raised by her Dad and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin, Nora leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-NYC.
Also starring in the series are Bowen Yang as Nora’s more successful cousin, BD Wong as her father, and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother. The pilot was directed by Lucia Aniello.
Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8, The Farewell) will star in and executive produce the 10-episode series, and also co-wrote the pilot with Karey Dornetto and Teresa Hsiao. Executive producing alongside Awkwafina are Dornetto, Aniello, Peter Principato, and Itay Reiss of Artists First. Hsiao is co-executive producing with Monika Zielinska, Adam Londy, and Rachel Olson serving as executives in charge for Comedy Central.
The series will make its debut on January 2020.