‘Nora From Queens’ is the perfect lazy comedy in the coronavirus era
When “Nora From Queens” debuted at the end of January, it seemed to inhabit a particularly specific place in the culture – as an Awkwafina vehicle. For America’s favorite Asian-American comedian to get her own show (the half-hour comedy Comedy Central is produced by, written by, and starring Awkwafina) would have been quite remarkable. These are historic times, after all, for Asian Americans in the entertainment business, and “Nora From Queens” is said to have followed in the footsteps of “Master of None”, “Kim’s Convenience” and “Fresh Off the Boat” as another milestone for Asians in comedy.
Nora innovates for the American representation of Asian origin. Dressed in a bathrobe, sweatpants and a cannabis vaporizer pen, Awkwafina stars as an unemployed 27-year-old single woman who lives with her father and grandmother. In equal parts “It’s Always Nice in Philadelphia” and “The Big Lebowski,” the show places its main character in absurd situations that nonetheless seem plausible in the realm of a millennial slacker with low ambition.