Hosted by Yvonne Orji, Yearly Departed features an all-female lineup of guests saying goodbye to the pieces of 2021 we all want to forget
CULVER CITY, California—October 11, 2021— A second installment of the comedy special Yearly Departed will premiere this December on Prime Video, hosted by Emmy Award-nominee Yvonne Orji (Insecure). Featuring an all-female lineup of guests to be announced at a later date, some of the world’s funniest women will bid farewell to everything we’re leaving behind in 2021, including Hot Vaxx Summer, Hermit Life, Ignoring the Climate Crisis, and Zoom. Yearly Departed will launch this winter exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. A premiere date will be announced soon.
“In my career, I’ve been fortunate to work on a show that was created by Blacks, for Black characters, and now, I get to host a special that was written by all women, featuring a lineup of incredibly funny female comedians, directed by a talented female director, and produced by a group of amazing female producers. I guess lightning CAN strike twice!” said Orji.
“I, and team Scrap Paper Pictures, couldn’t be more excited to rejoin this team of powerhouse producers, writers, and our talented director, Linda Mendoza, to bring another Yearly Departed into the world. I can think of no better group of women to bid adieu and f*#& you to 2021,” said Executive Producer Rachel Brosnahan.
“With another chaotic year of ups and downs almost behind us, we’re ready to say goodbye to 2021—and who better to send the year off than the funniest women in the business,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television for Amazon Studios. “Yvonne, Rachel, and the entire team will help Prime Video viewers end 2021 with some much-needed laughter.”
Yearly Departed is from Amazon Studios, Done+Dusted, and Scrap Paper Pictures. Yearly Departed is executive produced by Rachel Brosnahan, Paige Simpson, David Jammy, Katy Mullan, Samantha Ressler, Nathalie Love, and Bess Kalb, with Kalb also serving as head writer. Emmy Award-winner Linda Mendoza (Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready) returns as the director for this year’s special.
About Yvonne Orji
Yvonne Orji is a Nigerian-American Emmy-nominated actress, comedian, and writer who continues to display her versatility and passion with each project she takes on. On television, she stars in HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy series Insecure. A distinguished standup comedian, Yvonne previously opened for Chris Rock on various stops of his Total Blackout Tour and headlined her first comedy tour, Lagos to Laurel, at the top of 2020. She subsequently debuted her first one-hour HBO stand-up special, Momma, I Made It!, on June 6, 2020. Additionally, Orji’s faith-based advice book, Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams, was recently published. She can currently be seen in Hulu’s Vacation Friends streaming now. She is also the co-host of the podcast Jesus & Jollof alongside Luvvie Ajayi.
Done+Dusted is a global entertainment group with offices in Los Angeles, London, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong. It is one of the preeminent producers of television events in the world, creating and capturing the moments that make headlines and shape culture. The company’s work spans a wide range of entertainment formats and genres underpinned by the highest production standards and connected by its commitment to telling stories that connect us and move us.
About Scrap Paper Pictures
Scrap Paper Pictures, founded by Rachel Brosnahan, is a production company that develops and produces film, television, theater, and digital content across all genres. Scrap Paper Pictures centers and celebrates bold and dynamic artists both behind and in front of the camera, and invites audiences to come together around character-driven stories that expand the world we recognize on screen.
About Prime Video
Prime Video offers customers a vast collection of movies, series, and sports—all available to watch on hundreds of compatible devices.
Prime Video is just one of many shopping and entertainment benefits included with a Prime membership, along with fast, free shipping on millions of Prime-eligible items at Amazon.com, unlimited photo storage, exclusive deals and discounts, and access to ad-free music and Kindle eBooks. To sign up or start a 30-day free trial of Prime, visit amazon.com/prime.
Kathleen Schumann | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin McAlpine | Kevin.McAlpine@amazonstudios.com