Season 2 of the HBO variety sketch show won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
The trailer for the Emmy-winning sketch comedy series features the familiar faces of series regulars Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis, Ashley Nicole Black and Skye Townsend, in various sketches including "The Funeral Ball" and a disastrous bachelorette party. The video also shows the return of Black's invisible spy, Trinity, and Thede's Dr. Hadassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman, Pre-PhD.
The six-episode season will also star over 40 celebrity guest stars, including Ava DuVernay, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Raven-Symoné, Wanda Sykes, David Alan Grier, Kyla Pratt, Jemele Hill, Holly Robinson Peete, Kel Mitchell, Michael Ealy, Wayne Brady, Bob the Drag Queen, Vanessa Williams, Lance Reddick, Loni Love, Cari Champion, Shangela, Trevor Jackson, Tommy Davidson, Jay Pharoah, Jidenna, and Essence Atkins.
The show's debut season earned three Emmy nominations and featured a bevy of heavy-hitting guest stars, including the show's executive producer Issa Rae, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Aja Naomi King, Laverne Cox and Nicole Byer. Season 2 starred Thede, Black and Dennis, and welcomed Laci Mosley and Skye Townsend as new featured players. Mosley will not feature in season 3 but can be seen on the Paramount+ revival of iCarly alongside Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Jaidyn Triplett.
Black spoke with ET after the show was renewed for a third season, sharing that she's excited to have even more opportunities to push the boundaries of what she can do as both a writer and a performer -- something that was considered taboo just a few years ago. “You’d have to pick one or people weren’t taking you seriously,” she said.
But all of that has changed, as she and a number of other Black women, like Thede and Amber Ruffin, who wrote for season 1 before launching her own late-night talk show, are taking over TV as both. "Now, I can turn on the TV and see them," Black said. "And it’s such a great feeling to get to witness all of that and to like, frankly, be alive in a time where women get to do comedy at this level because it’s not like women weren’t this talented before."
A Black Lady Sketch Show returns to HBO on April 8, 11 p.m. ET/PT, and will be available to stream on HBO Max.