Natasha Rothwell has been named a series regular for Season 2 of the Issa Rae comedy Insecure. In addition to her new role on the hit series, she will continue as a writer on the show and will move from a story editor to executive story editor. Just in case this isn’t enough good news, Rothwell also sealed development deal with HBO where she will both write and star in. Brilliant!
Rothwell trained and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and The Peoples Improv Theater and was the winner of an NBC Universal Diversity Scholarship. In December 2013, she was one of the finalists testing for Saturday Night Live in the show’s talent search following criticism for lack of black female cast members. The featured player spot went to Sasheer Zamata, but Rothwell landed a season-long gig as a writer on the late-night comedy series where she wrote the opening monologue for host Taraji P. Henson.
Rothwell went on to co-create and executive produce and star in Netflix’s eight-episode sketch comedy series The Characters, in which eight up-and-coming comedians each got to write and topline a 30-minute episode. Rothwell emerged as the breakout star with her segment, highlighted by the “Basic Bitch” music video (you can watch it below).
Rothwell then joined Rae’s new HBO comedy series Insecure as a writer and soon migrated onscreen, recurring as Issa’s (Rae) friend Kelli, a role she will reprise in Season 2 as a series regular.
Check out the below clip of Rothwell in the the Netflix series The Characters.