Emmy winning writer, actress, producer Lena Waithe is already having a phenomenal year!  Her brand new hit series, The Chi, recently debuted on Showtime, and it has been announced that she will appear on the NBC hit series This is Us on next week’s episode!

Sources reveal that Waithe will appear in the NBC series as “a hip Los Angeleno” helping Kate (Chrissy Metz) adopt a pet. According to series producer Isaac Aptaker, “She’s a super cool East Side L.A. woman who loves dogs and cats, and finding them homes.”  According to EW, Kay Oyegun, a writer on This Is Us, just suggested to producers that they offer Waithe the part.

In addition to This is Us, the Master of None writer/actor will also appear in the upcoming second season of the series Dear White People as “bragadocious MC” P Ninny.

We look forward to seeing more from Waithe as her star continues to rise!



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