Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!

Yvonne Orji: Momma I Made It!
Yvonne Orji: Momma I Made It!
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5/5 Stars


In her first HBO comedy special, Yvonne Orji, better known as Molly from Insecure, has the audience rolling with laughter as she brings her razor-sharp wit and confidence to the stage. Both celebrating and poking fun at her strict Nigerian-American upbringing, Yvonne shares her unique journey from pre-med to comedy, talks about parental pressures to get married, and takes us to Lagos to meet her family and friends.


Yvonne Orji is a delight, and I'm glad she finally has her own special. We've seen her acting chops as Molly in Insecure, but the world hasn't had the pleasure of seeing her stand-up comedy until now.

She ran on stage and already gave us major energy with her confidence, her dancing and her outfit. The crowd was LIVING for it and so was I.

Yvonne was born in Nigeria and grew up in America, but her comedy blends these two cultures seamlessly.

Moments from a recent trip she took to Nigeria are woven into her jokes. It works quite well because the show is about her Nigerian heritage and each insert from her time in Nigeria supports what she's talking about on stage. It's hilarious. 

The scenes with her parents are especially hilarious and references the stereotype that Nigerian parents want their kids to be successful - that means becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc.

In the interview with her parents, they appeared to be happy when they spoke about how well she did at school, but their disappointment was visible when they turned to the fact that she "started making jokes".

The show masterfully unpacks this topic with humour and insight in an honest way.  

The best part of this special is not Yvonne's wit, her electric stage presence, and just how well everything works together - but that it's all from a Black, female comedian. She didn't get a seat at the table, she made her own table.

If you need a bit of a break from everything right now, then watch Momma, I Made It. It's hilarious, inspiring, and thought-provoking all at the same time. You'll laugh because it's true. It's relatable. It's funny. And you'll wish there was more.

Here's hoping Yvonne Orji makes many more comedy specials.



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