'A different person every day': Skye Townsend creates, plays multiple characters on 'A Black Lady Sketch Show' - Albuquerque Journal

‘A different person every day’: Skye Townsend creates, plays multiple characters on ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

Skye Townsend stars in “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO)

Skye Townsend has been going strong with interviews since 8 a.m.

The comedian has been busy drumming up press for the HBO series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” A new episode airs on HBO at 9 p.m. Fridays and is available to stream on HBO Max.

The narrative sketch comedy series features a core cast of Black women living relatable, hilarious experiences in a magical reality that subverts traditional exp

From left, Skye Townsend, Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Laci Mosley and Gabrielle Dennis in a scene from “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO)

ectations.

“I always felt there was a lack of representation, and I really wanted to take part in developing some of these characters, just having a chance to wake up and be a different person every day,” Townsend says. She and Laci Mosley joined the cast as featured players for Season 2. The pair join returning core cast members Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis and Ashley Nicole Black.

The second season features celebrity guest stars Issa Rae, Gabrielle Union, Jesse Williams, Miguel, Skai

Robin Thede, Skye Townsend and Ashley Nicole Black in a skit from “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO)

Jackson, Laz Alonso, Omarion, Kim Wayans, Ayesha Curry, Lance Gross and Wunmi Mosaku.

The first season of the series was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.

Townsend is proud to be part of the series, which showcases Black women.

Omarion and Skye Townsend in a scene from “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which airs on HBO. (Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO)

“Going back all the way to shows like ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I don’t think people know that only 14 Black women have opened the show,” Townsend says. “With this show, we’re in control and it feels great.”

Townsend is no stranger to show business.

Her father is director/comedian Robert Townsend, and she followed in his footsteps into the industry.

At 14, she began creating her own content on YouTube, and her videos impersonating Beyoncé became a viral success.

Soon, music industry leaders were taking notice, and by 17, she was signed to Atlantic Records.

Gabrielle Dennis and Robin Thede star in “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO)

She released an EP, but her career path began to pivot when she landed the opportunity to co-host the official “Grammy Live Pre-Show” red carpet event at the age of 20. She says this is where her real improv skills were mastered as she fell in love with work that kept her on her toes.

“I had initially started in music, and I was working at a label writing,” Townsend sayss. “While I was doing music, I felt like comedy was knocking at my door. I made the transition (to comedy) in my early 20s. I always knew I loved it. I just waited for the comedy bug to bite me.”

Townsend used her time to give back to her community, and she began public speaking as a mentor at schools, encouraging youths to follow their dreams and be persistent in their goals.

She began booking smaller roles, most notably as a guest star in “Lucifer,” in which she played a musician and got to perform two of her original songs on screen at The Hollywood Bowl.

Jesse Williams and Laci Mosley in a scene from “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Ali Paige Goldstein/HBO)

Filming for the second season of “A Black Lady Sketch Show” began two months before the pandemic curbed production.

“We were very antsy,” she says. “We went from interacting to returning months later and having really strict guidelines. It was really interesting to come back because of new stresses. We had a responsibility to stay healthy. I practiced self-discipline. I went to work and ordered my food. That was it.”

Townsend has been preparing for an opportunity like this all her life.

She’s always thinking up new characters and crafting them to be full-fledged characters. It’s something she’s been doing since she was a little girl and would make her family do a double take.

“You not only working with voice but mannerisms as well,” she says. “Developing a character and how they walk and breathe, it’s really a lot of fun. I’ve created at least 25 different people for the show, and it keeps me on my toes as a creative.”

Townsend often finds inspiration for her characters from meeting new people.

“I start to notice the amazing quirks,” she says. “For me, it’s hard to stop noticing how unique people are, the way the blink or smile. I look at everything, and that’s fantastic.”

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