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Molly may not be living her best life on Insecure, but Yvonne Orji is! The actress and comedian is bringing all the laughs in her first hour-long, HBO comedy special, Momma I Made It.

“I love that fans get to see that side of me because at the end of the day, Molly is a character,” Orji told the Chicago Tribune. “She’s a beautiful mess, but she’s a character. Whereas Yvonne, I’m a whole other character.”

Orji, who got her start as a stand-up comic, says comedy is how she caught the eye of Insecure creator and star, Issa Rae.

“It’s funny, Issa met me as a a stand-up, yet so many fans are just discovering that this is a thing that I do,” she said. “This is how I got my start. So, going on this tour has kind of introduced my fans to ‘this is what the creator of the show saw and that’s how we became friends’ — that common bond of ‘Hey girl, I see you out here in LA trying to do it before there was ever an Insecure.'”

Molly and Issa may not be the best of besties on Insecure right now, but off-screen Orji and Rae are true riders.

Here they are having some elevator shenanigan-fun!


And then, there’s the time Orji serenaded Rae for her 35th birthday.


We can’t get enough of these two — off-screen, that is! And, neither can they!

“Go off, @YvonneOrji,” Rae tweeted in support of her sis, Orji’s new special.

Orji, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in the U.S., will include material about being both Nigerian and American.

Yvonne Orji In Concert - Atlanta, GA

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Orji filmed the comedy special at Howard University in February. She served as the executive producer, while film and music video director Chris Robinson directed the special.

Watch the trailer here:



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