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ⓘ Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show is a sketch comedy television series created by the comedy troupe Astronomy Club, the Upright Citizens Brigades first all black ..




                                     

ⓘ Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show is a sketch comedy television series created by the comedy troupe "Astronomy Club", the Upright Citizens Brigades first all black team. The show stars the teams eight members: Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses and Keisha Zollar. The show features comedy sketches, intermixed with clips from a reality television show where the members live together in a house. The series premiered on December 6, 2019 on the streaming service Netflix.

                                     

1. Synopsis

Sketches in the show deal with a range of issues, with a focus on the black experience of African-Americans, race relations, and attitudes towards African-Americans in the media in general, and cinema in particular. It is important to the creators that the sketches have a message, and that "anytime one of have to make sure it says something."

Structure

Each episode starts with a cold-open, a sketch before the opening credits. Segments between the sketches are from a fake reality show with all the Astronomy Club members living in one house, the Astronomy Clubhouse. The show includes Big Brother-style confessionals, where cast members talk to the camera. The cast members play heightened versions of themselves in the fake reality show, so the audience has a chance to get to know them.

                                     

2. Production

The show is produced under the banner of Khalabo Ink Society by producer Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish. Barris developed Astronomy Club as a part of a $100 Million development deal with Netflix.

                                     

3. Critical reception

The show received positive critical reception and is rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Caroline Framke writing for Variety stated "This first episode sets the standard for" Astronomy Club” as clever, ambitious, and perhaps most importantly for a sketch show, both self-aware and completely ridiculous."