“Kid Fury“ frequently draws from his experiences as a gay Black man in entertainment for his stand-up comedy, YouTube channel and podcast. Now, the multihyphenate creator will bring his unique perspective to episodic television.
Variety reported yesterday (July 30) that Kid Fury, whose name is Gregory A. Smith, is developing a still-unnamed dark comedy show for HBO. The series follows Greg, an acerbic Black gay man in his early 20s. The protagonist deals with the woes of young adulthood in New York City while avoiding confronting his undiagnosed clinical depression.
Kid Fury counts a one-off role in Netflix’s “Dear White People” as his only other television credit. He previously built his reputation through his YouTube page, which boasts over 120,000 subscribers and “The Read,” the pop culture podcast he co-hosts with Crissle West. The program’s perspective, informed by both hosts’ Black and LGBTQ identities, earned the pair a cult following and led to sold-out live shows at venues like the Apollo Theater.
Kid Fury will write and co-executive produce the series with a group that includes “The Chi” creator Lena Waithe. She confirmed the news by tweeting Variety’s report, which Kid Fury retweeted in turn:
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) July 30, 2018