Lamorne Morris To Star In Comedy Pilot ‘Woke’
Lamorne Morris will star as an African-American cartoonist living in San Francisco, who’s finally on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything. He is seen here attending the premiere of National Geographic’s Valley of The Boom at Tribeca TV Festival on September 21, 2018 in New York City – Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America.
Lamorne Morris has been set to star in a pilot for a comedy series called Woke ordered by television network Hulu, according to TV reporter Joe Otterson of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Woke is a half-hour comedy with a mix of live-action and animation. It is inspired by the life and art of cartoonist Keith Knight. The series follows Keef (Lamorne Morris), an African-American cartoonist living in San Francisco, who’s finally on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything.
Knight co-wrote the project with Barbershop scribe Marhsall Todd, with both set to serve as executive producers. Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz will executive produce via Olive Bridge Entertainment along with Eric Christian Olsen and Katie Schumaecker for Cloud Nine Productions. Mo Marable will direct the pilot. Sony Pictures Television will produce.
Lamorne Morris is best known for playing the cat-loving and bird shirt-wearing Winston Bishop on the popular Fox comedy New Girl throughout its seven-season run at the network. Lamorne Morris also recently starred in the comedy feature Game Night and is set to appear in the Nat Geo series Valley of the Boom. He will also appear in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles, the untitled Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis project at Universal, and Bloodshot at Sony.
Knight is an award-winning comic strip creator whose work includes autobiographical strips like The K Chronicles, The Knight Life, and (th)ink. His cartoons have appeared in several national publications and tackle social, racial and class issues as well as poking fun at the minutiae of urban living.
Lamorne Morris is repped by UTA, Grandview, and Myman Greenspan.