June 16, 2022

EP. 115 — Gina Yashere

Comedian, author, and ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ EP/writer/actor, Gina Yashere, joins Jameela this week to discuss a career marked by perseverance, why she never stopped believing in herself, leaving a career in engineering to become what her mother called “a clown,” the glass ceiling for black comedians in the UK, almost missing a meeting with sitcom legend Chuck Lorre, opening doors for other performers like London Hughes, and more.
Check out Gina’s book – Cack-Handed – wherever books are sold! 

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You can find transcripts for this episode here: https://www.earwolf.com/show/i-weigh-with-jameela-jamil/

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Transcript

Jameela [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil, a podcast against shame. I hope you’re well. I’m good, actually. After today’s conversation, I’m feeling quite hyped. I really hope that that’s the same impact it’s going to have on you. Now, we’ve had some really hard episodes in the last month or so, amazing episodes with incredible people. But, you know, things that talk about the systemic oppression that women face. And this certainly does come up in today’s episode, of course. But I would say the overall vibe that you can expect is feeling fucking invincible, feeling like you can do anything. Our guest today is Gina Yashere, who is an extraordinary stand up comic. I’ve looked up to her my entire life and she has had such an amazing story not only in her life, but also in her career. And so we kind of mostly focus on the fact that she does not give a fuck. She backs herself in a way that IR

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