Lauren Ashley Smith

Head Writer
Black Lady Sketch Show

Lauren is the Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s upcoming series, “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” She is the first black woman to be the Head Writer of a sketch television show. As the the Head Writer of the critically acclaimed late night show, "The Rundown with Robin Thede," Lauren is only the second black woman to ever hold that title in late night. Lauren's other writing and producing credits include "Best Week Ever," "Fashion Queens," and "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

As a comedian, Lauren is the former host of the Zagat webseries, “Chefs Eating Tacos.” Lauren has appeared on, The Scene, Refinery29, and the Netflix original series, “The Characters.”

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