There’s nothing “insecure” about our favorite Black woke feminist who has just about had every career you can think of: actress, activist, DJ, member of musical group Floetry. But this time the comedian formerly known as “Amanda Diva” is taking her talent back to the familiar days of her one-woman-show.
Seales will be starring in very own stand-up show on HBO entitled I Be Knowin’. She’ll join the ranks of A-list comedians such as Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Wanda Sykes. In a press release announcing the special, Seales shared why she believes comedy is so important in our community at this time:
“Being a stand-up comic is an honor I don’t take lightly, because I consider humor to be a superpower that allows us to bear the weight of issues and concepts that otherwise seem so much bigger than us.”
“I Be Knowin’ is 37 years of finding the funny, culminating in an hour, and my HBO family being the place where I get to share it, makes this, my first special, even that much more special.”
But don’t get it twisted: Seales is not new to this, she is however true to this. I remember seeing her long before the days of riding around the streets of Windsor Hills with “Issa” and “Molly” being the bad and bougie “Tiffany DuBois” on Insecure. At that time circa 2012 she starred in her own one-woman-show Death of A Diva, a series of vignettes that poked fun but made audiences think critically about the new age of social media, reality TV and media in general and how black women specifically were portrayed and how young women of color processed and received those images and messages. Many of us may notice Seales from childhood shows such as Nickelodeon’s My Brother And Me which aired in the 90’s. Since then, Seales has kept plenty busy in her career finding ways to marry her loves of hip-hop, activism and comedy. In addition, to touring the country with a live competition which fuses comedy with Black history and culture aptly named Smart Funny & Black, Seales has released several solo EPs with her own music, and like a true media-minded millennial, she hosts a podcast called Small Doses.
I Be Knowin’ will be filmed live on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, and debut on HBO sometime in 2019.