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Jessica Williams is leaving the Daily Show

so she can do her own thing! She’s got her own deal with the Comedy Central now to develop and executive produce a narrative scripted pilot. ‘Bout time.

Bonus, I also just learned she has a podcast, which I am now downloading in its entirety. I love this lady. She is always perfectly on point. Although I totally respected her not wanting/feeling whatever about the Daily Show hosting gig, I thought she was more of a spiritual successor to Jon Stewart. She cuts it to the bone every time.

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EDIT:

A bit more about the new show from an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

I’ve had this idea for a while about a young woman who is a feminist and who imagines herself to be “woke.” I think that a lot of the time, we have this idea that when you are, like, “woke” — and please always put this in quotations! — that you should always have your shit together. But I know that often for me, as a black woman of color, I feel like I’m supposed to represent these ideals and values that I was taught as a young lady. Like I’m supposed to carry myself in a special type of way, but oftentimes I’m, like… I’m still in my 20s, and still kind of a mess. So it’s a show about somebody in their 20s who has all these social ideas, but still does not have it together. [Pauses] And she’s, like, goofy and silly and funny!

The main thing about the show is that I’m excited to, in a silly and funny way, be able to explore ideas of feminism and race and LGBT issues — things that I care about and that I talk about on The Daily Show and that I deal with on 2 Dope Queens.

Me, I am sold.

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