Ziwe Fumudoh makes people uncomfortable
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In the first episode of “Desus & Mero,” the hosts starred in a faux-heartwarming movie trailer called “The Greenest Book” (rated WG for White Guilt).
It punctured the supposed racial enlightenment of the Oscar-winning movie in a way no other late night show could. Ziwe Fumudoh wrote it.
“I was just aiming to write a funny sketch that, like, satirizes how someone can be racist and still hailed like this racial healer as a super progressive would when clearly they were not,” she said.
But writing for late night is just Fumudoh’s 9 to 5. She’s a comedian who does a lot, including a monthly show where she performs pop songs.
This week, we’re gonna spend the episode talking with Fumudoh about all things money and work — from her childhood dreams of pop stardom and pressure from her immigrant parents to what she has saved and how she learned to be comfortable with uncomfortable humor.