Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o is undoubtedly best known for her stellar dramatic work in films like “12 Years a Slave” and plays like “Eclipsed,” but the Kenyan-Mexican starlet is looking to do something a little different these days: standup comedy.
Well, not really, but that’s the theme of this week’s “Billy on the Street,” which will feature Nyong’o and host Billy Eichner taking it to the streets (of course) so that Nyong’o can show off her burgeoning standup comedy chops — billed as part of her (fake) upcoming comedy special, “Lupita Nyong’o: Bring the Pain” — to predictably confused and/or angry packs of passerby. (Big love to that guy who yells that he likes “a quiet life.”)
For her new career, Nyong’o is borrowing from some of the greats, including Louie CK, Andrew Dice Clay and Bob Saget, and when she busts into their jokes and monologues, watch out. No, really, watch out, because pretty much no one seems to understand what’s happening.
The new episode of “Billy on the Street” airs tomorrow night, but you can check out Nyong’o going for the funny bone right now. Check out “Lupita Nyong’o: Bring the Pain” below.