Dressed in bright glamorous colors and accessorized to the T, you can trust talk-show host, Ziwerekoru Fumudoh to make a witty political –and fashion, obviously– statement.
The 30-year-old Nigerian-American has gained virality for her satirical and humorous approach to political and race conversations.
Her viral success with the Showtime series, Ziwe, did not happen overnight. She has experienced a steady rise through the ranks in Late-night comedy and Variety shows.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a double major in radio, television, and film and African American studies, and a minor in creative writing: poetry, Ziwe interned at notable variety shows like Comedy Central, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, laying the groundwork for her conquest of the field.
She was a Story Editor on Dickinson and Writer on Showtime’s Desus & Mero, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, The Onion, and BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede.
Ziwe’s remarkable career history also includes voiced roles on CBS All Access’ Tooning Out the News, Fox’s The Great North, and Showtime’s Our Cartoon President, Guest appearances on HBO’s Succession, and Apple TV+’s Dickinson.
Ziwe started her Youtube series, Baited with Ziwe in 2017, and the show became an unsurprising hit during the COVID lockdown. What began with Ziwe as a host ‘baiting’ her non-black friends to make arguably controversial racial statements evolved to equally humorous interviews, this time with non-bipoc celebrities like actress, Rose McGowan and internet personality, Caroline Calloway.
Ziwe’s popularity is beyond the T.V and Youtube scene as she has also accumulated a fanbase as co-host of the podcast, Hysteria, by Crooked Media.
Time Magazine acknowledged her as a force to watch out for in its 2020 edition of the 100 Next-Gen Leaders. She said in an interview with the magazine that she had “been preparing my whole life to talk about race because as a Black woman, I am confronted about race all the time, people want to talk to me about race all the time, So to turn that lens back on people, I find that easy. These are things that I’m constantly talking about”
Her eponymous show on Showtime –currently airing its second season– has hosted distinguished names like Drew Barrymore, Julia Foxx, and Charlamagne Tha God among others, with several clips and segments from these entertaining –perhaps, uncomfortable– interviews going viral.