It’s been literal years since Comedy Central signed on for a new show from Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn back in 2017, but “The New Negroes” will finally hit the small screen on April 19, according to a March 22 post from Pitchfork.
The eight-episode stand-up comedy meets live music series is adapted from Eagle and Vaughn’s Upright Citizens Brigade showcase by the same name. Confirmed guests for the first season include MF Doom, Hannibal Buress, Danny Brown, Lizzo, Phonte and Method Man
The duo cites Alain Locke’s 1925 anthology “The New Negro,” as its primary source of inspiration for the show. “That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance,” Vaughn and Mike said in a statement. “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 above.