“‘I Be Knowin’ is 37 years of finding the funny, culminating in an hour,” says Seales in a release, “and my HBO family being the place where I get to share it, makes this, my first special, even that much more special.”
Seales is a series regular on the acclaimed HBO series Insecure; the writer, producer, and star of two seasons of the web comedy series, Get Your Life; and is currently touring Smart Funny & Black, her live comedic competition show. When she’s not commanding laughs onstage and onscreen, she’s speaking to college students about race and gender with comedic talks like “Sideye Seminar: Identifying and Defying Everyday Forms of Sexism.” Seales has a master’s degree in African-American studies from Columbia University. If that’s not enough to keep her busy, she also hosts a weekly podcast, Small Doses.
Anyone who follows Seales recognizes that her social-consciousness infuses her comedy. “Being a stand-up comic is an honor I don’t take lightly,” says Seales, “because I consider humor to be a superpower that allows us to bear the weight of issues and concepts that otherwise seem so much bigger than us.” It’s not all talk for Seales. She made news this past summer when she was part of a comedy coalition that called out YouTuber Darren Knight on his unfunny—and racially insensitive—stand-up set backstage at the Just For Laughs Montreal festival.
Although HBO hasn’t revealed the special’s content, it’s sure to address all the “isms.” Stan Lathan is set to direct, and Jesse Collins is Seales’ co-executive-producer.