KOKOnista Of The Day: Ayo Edebiri Is The Nigerian Comedian Making Huge Splash Globally And We Should All Be Celebrating Her

Ayo Edebiri is a Nigerian-American comedian, writer, producer and actress, we all should be hailing.

Edebiri was born in Boston and raised in a religious Pentecostal to Nigerian parents. She first became interested in comedy through eighth grade drama class, after which she joined the theatre club. As a junior in college she began preparing to pursue a career in comedy. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching.
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Edebiri is a stand-up comedian, and performed a stand-up set on Comedy Central’s Up Next. Her scripted digital series Ayo and Rachel Are Single began airing on the network in May 2020, which she co-wrote and co-starred in with her friend and fellow comedienne Rachel Sennott.

She is a television writer, and wrote for the sole seasons of and NBC’s Sunnyside. Edebiri joined the writing staff of Big Mouth for the show’s fifth season. After Jenny Slate stepped down from voicing the character Missy so the role could be played by a black actress, Edebiri auditioned and was selected as the replacement in August 2020. Her voice acting as the character began at the end of the show’s fourth season.

Her upcoming projects include co-producing Mulligan, an animated series for Netflix; voicing the lead role in the animated series We Lost Our Human for Netflix, and writing and acting in Dickinson’s second season on Apple TV+. She is also slated to play a supporting role in the upcoming film adaptation.

Edebiri co-hosts a podcast called Iconographywith Olivia Craighead that features interviews with guests in conversation about their shared personal icons. The podcast is produced by Forever Dog and the second season was released in 2020.

She appeared on Comedy Central’s Up Next and co-hosts the podcast Iconography with Olivia Craighead. Edebiri replaced Jenny Slate as Missy on Big Mouth and debuted in the role at the end of the show’s fourth season in 2020. Photo Credit: Getty

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