Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

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Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
GenreSketch comedy
Created by
  • Jonathan Braylock
  • Raymond Cordova
  • James III
  • Caroline Martin
  • Jerah Milligan
  • Shawtane Monroe Bowen
  • Monique Moses
  • Keisha Zollar
Written by
  • Jonathan Braylock
  • Raymond Cordova
  • James III
  • Caroline Martin
  • Jerah Milligan
  • Shawtane Monroe Bowen
  • Monique Moses
  • Keisha Zollar
  • Ray Cordova
  • Daniel Powell
Directed by
  • J.J. Adler
  • Ryan Anthony Martin
  • Daniel Powell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Kenya Barris
  • Alex Bach
  • Anni Weisband
  • Daniel Powell
Production company(s)
  • Khalabo Ink Society
  • Irony Point
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06) –
present (present)
External links
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show is a sketch comedy television series created by the comedy troupe "Astronomy Club", the Upright Citizens Brigade's first all black team. The show stars the team's eight members: Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses and Keisha Zollar. The show features comedy sketches, intermixed with clips from a reality television show where the members live together in a house. The series premiered on December 6, 2019 on the streaming service Netflix.[1][2]


Sketches in the show deal with a range of issues, with a focus on the black experience of African-Americans, race relations, and attitudes towards African-Americans in the media in general, and cinema in particular. It is important to the creators that the sketches have a message, and that "anytime one of [their] sketches tackles race, [they] have to make sure it says something."[3]


Each episode starts with a cold-open, a sketch before the opening credits. Segments between the sketches are from a fake reality show with all the Astronomy Club members living in one house, the Astronomy Clubhouse. The show includes Big Brother-style confessionals, where cast members talk to the camera. The cast members play heightened versions of themselves in the fake reality show, so the audience has a chance to get to know them.


  • Shawtane Bowen[2]
  • Jonathan Braylock[2]
  • Ray Cordova[2]
  • James III[2]
  • Caroline Martin[2]
  • Jerah Milligan[2]
  • Monique Moses[2]
  • Keisha Zollar[2]

Guest stars[edit]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16December 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Lamp Room"TBATBADecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
22"Ice Cube Day"TBATBADecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Guest starring: Drew Tarver, Aisha Alfa, Mike O'Gorman.
33"For the Culture"TBATBADecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Special guest star: Ice Cube. Guest starring: Jon Gabrus.
44"Murder Mystery"TBATBADecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
55"Birthday Party"TBATBADecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
66"Full House But Black"TBATBADecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Special guest stars: Busy Philipps, Gillian Jacobs.


The show is produced under the banner of Khalabo Ink Society by producer Kenya Barris[4], creator of Black-ish. Barris developed Astronomy Club as a part of a $100 Million development deal with Netflix.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The show received positive critical reception and is rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.[6] Caroline Framke writing for Variety stated "This first episode sets the standard for “Astronomy Club” as clever, ambitious, and perhaps most importantly for a sketch show, both self-aware and completely ridiculous."[2]


  1. ^ Group Homepage
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Framke, Caroline; Framke, Caroline (2019-12-06). "Netflix's 'Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show': TV Review". Variety. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  3. ^ Netflix’s ‘Astronomy Club’ is an A+ sketch show skewering Hollywood’s “C+” on race
  4. ^ Astronomy Club Sets Netflix Sketch Comedy Series With Kenya Barris Producing
  5. ^ Kenya Barris Signs $100 Million Netflix Deal
  6. ^ Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show, retrieved 2020-01-13

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