Former Best Week Ever star Amanda Seales has been making waves recently. She’s been promoted to a series regular on HBO’s new hit show Insecure, she stars in the truTV comedy series Greatest Ever, and has created her own online scripted comedy series Get Your Life. To celebrate #BlackWomenInComedy, VH1 caught up with the actress/comedian to shed light on her journey from child star to comedian.
Seales dives into the struggles of being categorized as “alt-comedy” due to her performances being tailored toward a more mixed audience rather than just the Black community. “If you, as a comic who is Black, don’t perform that kind of comedy then you lose your Black title and you’re called alt-comedy,” Amanda reveals.
She also shares her love for social media and the impact it has had on her career. “It’s been a great help to Black women in comedy, because it’s allowing us to write in our voice and create our own content,” she explains. “For my web series Get Your Life, I wrote that, and produced it, and starred in it so that I could have a body of work that represents my voice as a writer and as a performer.” Just as important for is the fact that social media “has allowed us to have this space where we can tell our stories because other spaces aren’t really creating stories for us.
Watch Amanda Seales unpack more of her life as a comedian as she takes us on a trip through Santa Monica to one of her stand up shows in the video above. Also, check out VH1.com throughout the week for more on our celebration of #BlackWomenInComedy.