Montgomery County, Md. sisters Holly “HollyHood” Veney, 30, and Tiffany “Muhla Green” Harris, 25, are ready to make history with their new sketch comedy series, “The Show.”
The pair, who are full of shenanigans and inside jokes, will be America’s first cast of an all-black female sketch comedy show. Their half-hour long program is a mix between reality TV, sketch comedy, reenactments and improv. Some of the show was filmed in-studio, some segments were filmed in their living room and back yard, and other parts were filmed in and around the Washington, D.C. area.
“We started with a script, but just threw it in the air and said forget it,” said Veney.
“The Show” will premiere on June 8 at 1 p.m. on Washington, D.C. CW affiliate WDCW, with subsequent airings on MCT and DCTV public broadcasting in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Va. The show will also be available on the Internet.
In the premiere episode, Veney and Harris play roles in three different sketches. In the first, two rich girls from Montgomery County are fascinated with “rough streets” of D.C. but have never been there themselves. In the second, two African girls, Fatima and Naomi, have embraced their inner Afro-centric sides a little too much. Finally, the pair introduce viewers to Takesha and Pam, two ghetto girls from the ‘90s with beepers, bamboo earrings and colored Reebok sneakers.
While the pair has no formal training in comedy, Veney said humor is something that came naturally to the sisters, as a part of their family.
“Comedy is our lives,” said Veney. “Even our parents were funny. When we were little we would sit down with our cereal boxes and shoot our own little commercials at the table.”
Unlike many comedians, Harris said she never looked to others in the field for inspiration. Instead, she said she looks up to Veney, who in Harris and their two younger siblings when their mother died of breast cancer.
“Holly and my mom were my inspirations,” said Harris. “She took in me and my younger brother and sister. She didn’t have to do that. She was already married at the time.”
The sisters wrote, directed and produced the show entirely on their own, using more than $10,000 of their own money for production costs, said Veney. With four episodes of the show ready to air, she said she hopes the show takes off.
“A lot of people in the DMV [D.C., Maryland, Virginia area] do not give support to each other,” said Veney. “That has to end. I’m doing this for the whole DMV. This is for everyone.”