"I hate to get rood wichu, butchu have to kno' if a Latina has to get rood, she will get rood..."
Writer: Lauren Neal
Director: Lauren Neal
Episode: Pilot Episode "Hate"
Role: Chiquita Bananas
Release: 2013, online
Shoot: May 2012 in Providence, RI
SPICY WIT is a mockumentary-style television series, the spawn of a seed planted in 2009 around a Brown University dining hall table. At Brown, "spicy with" is the colloquialism employed for a chicken sandwich (plus cheese) served at a popular eatery. In life, SPICY WIT intends to get you fired up about social justice without letting you forget to use your head.
The pilot episode, which premiered in January 2013, redefines "black comedy": it is satiric, smart, and situated carefully between that place where you are laughing and simultaneously wondering if maybe you shouldn't be laughing. Think: the erraticism and non-sequiturs of "Family Guy," the mockumentary style of "The Office," the attitude of "Awkward Black Girl," and the absurdity of the nightly news.
When does higher education go wrong? When does the media coverage for Tupac's resurrection at Coachella overshadow the conversation about racially motivated violence? When does too much consciousness about race, class, age, sex, blah blah blah literally fracture your brain? This series attempts to capture that moment. And the cast and crew (including many of Brown University's most talented and socially conscious alums and current students) is more diverse than anything you're currently watching on television.