What would an African parent do when his/her child trades a stable career in medicine, for the uncertainties of stand up comedy? Watch trailer for new sitcom.
First Gen is a new family sitcom 'First Gen' written by and starring comedian Yvonne Orji.
The new sitcom centers on the Main Character, Joanna- a first generation Nigerian-American- who trades in a stable career in medicine, for the uncertainties of stand up comedy.
The show also focuses on the adventures that ensue when her traditional immigrant parents discover her plans.
“An interesting shift is occurring where kids of immigrant parents are growing up and discovering America for themselves; not solely through the lens of their parents.
"This opens up a whole new world of opportunities. Until First Gen, we haven’t seen Africans portrayed in mainstream media as regular, everyday people. They’re usually warlords, cab drivers or fleeing genocide.
"The African immigrant story in America is so much richer than that. The success of entertainers like Lupita Nyong’o David Oyelowo, and Uzo Aduba suggests that mainstream America is ready to tune into a series like 'First Gen'." - The creators say.