Zainab Johnson has filmed her first original comedy special.
The actress and stand-up recently taped the solo debut, Zainab Johnson: Hijabs Off, and it will start streaming on Prime Video this fall. The Oct. 24 premiere date is fortuitous for both Johnson and the streamer, as it follows the third season premiere of her series (Upload) by only four days.
Hijabs Off finds Johnson leaning on her unique identity — namely growing up a Black Muslim woman in a Harlem house where she was one of 13 children. Johnson has been a working stand-up for years. She vyed on late NBC reality competition Last Comic Standing, appeared in HBO’s All Def Comedy and has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in addition to her regular club work.
In addition to her series regular role on Upload, Johnson’s acting resume includes Ramy, A Black Lady Sketch Show, American Koko and Private Practice. She is also a stand-out panelist on NPR comedy quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!.
The special is produced by Amazon Studios and All Things Comedy, with Johnson and Mike Bertolina serving as executive producers. Johnson is repped by Avalon Management, CAA and Cohen Gardner Law.