Nigerian-American Ayo Edebiri taking Hollywood by storm

By Duchess Magazine

Ayo Edebiri is an American comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She appeared on Comedy Central’s Up Next and co-hosts the podcast Iconography with Olivia Craighead. Edebiri joined the cast of Big Mouth‘s fourth season and is a main cast member on The Bear.

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 The Rundown with Robin Thede and NBC’s Sunnyside. Edebiri joined the writing staff of Big Mouth for the show’s fourth 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. Edebiri was a writer and actress in Dickinson‘s second season on Apple TV+.

Her upcoming projects include co-producing and writing for Mulligan, an animated series for Netflix, and voicing the lead role in the animated series We Lost Our Human, also for Netflix. She is also slated to play a supporting role in the upcoming film adaptation of the Jennifer E. Smith YA novel Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.

Edebiri is a main cast member on the FX on Hulu comedy series The Bear.

Edebiri co-hosts a podcast called Iconography with 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.

Edebiri was born in Boston and raised in a religious Pentecostal household. Her mother emigrated from Barbados and her father emigrated from Nigeria. She first became interested in comedy through eighth-grade drama class, after which she joined the improv club at Boston Latin School.

Edebiri attended New York University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in teaching.  As a junior in college, she began preparing to pursue a career in comedy and interned at Upright Citizens Brigade

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