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Jenifer Lewis Stars In New Web Series Helmed By 'Girlfriends,' 'Reed Between The Lines' Director

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 12, 2012 2:49 PM
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Veteran star of stage and screen, Jenifer Lewis (most recently seen as the over-protective mother in Think Like A Man), is starring in a new comedy web series, along with Shangela (the breakout star from the TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race), titled Jenifer Lewis and Shangela.

The scripted series is directed by Emmy-winning producer, writer and director Mary Lou Belli (she's helmed episodes of Girlfriends, The Game and Reed Between The Lines), from scripts by the writing team of Mark Alton Brown & Dee LaDuke (Girlfriends, Designing Women), as well as Deborah Dean Davis (It Takes Two) and Margaret Oberman (Saturday Night Live).

Jenifer Lewis and Shangela follows the comic adventures of Ms. Lewis and Shangela as the show business diva mentors the up-and-coming drag performer, who lives in the basement apartment of her Hollywood mansion.

"Jenifer Lewis and Shangela is a fun romp for our fans. We want to share the good times and unpredictable foolishness we enjoy just hanging out together," said Ms. Lewis, who also recently headlined her own one-woman show titled Black Don’t Crack.

Jenifer Lewis and Shangela is self-produced by Lewis with The Collaboration Factory.

The series premiered last week, with new episodes scheduled to debut weekly on Wednesdays this month.

Fans can also join the fun at and Twitter @jeniferlewis @itsshangela #jeniferlewisandshangela.

Watch episodes 1 and 2 below:

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  • Masha Dowell | September 18, 2012 7:18 PMReply

    I watched this earlier today and I loved it!!! Kudos to all involved in creating it. Jennifer is marvelous, and I love the add in of Shangela -- he's a pretty boy!

  • BluTopaz | September 15, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    This is very funny, and I agree Shangela does seem rather weak; like he is reading lines. But JENIFER--she is one of the few celebs I would love to hang out with for a day. She could be bitchy just like this character and have me in stitches.

  • Akimbo | September 15, 2012 11:16 AMReply

    Jennifer Lewis is amazing and Shangela seriously can't act for shit. The show would be better if they cut S and just made it look like J was a crazy diva counseling an imaginary protege. The vast difference between their talents is way too obvious and distracting.

  • guyver | September 13, 2012 2:18 AMReply

    ... Coonery.

  • ALM | September 12, 2012 11:36 PMReply

    Jenifer Lewis is SUPER underrated.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | September 12, 2012 7:00 PMReply

    Jennifer is a legend and she is killing this self-parody and her afro is giving me life!!!

  • Ms. Mooks | September 12, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    Aww, I like this. Jenifer is fuckin' hilarious. Work, Shangela, bitch.

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