‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ Review: Comedy Central Series Is as Awkward as Its Title

One year since the final season of “Broad City” debuted, Comedy Central is releasing its heir apparent.

“Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” makes a few tweaks to the formula, including a singular borough (rather than Queens and Brooklyn), a singular lead (Awkwafina steps in for the double act of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson), and a familial backdrop over a singular friendship.

But the new comedy is still about a wonderfully weird young woman sifting through her stagnant twenties, trying to find a direction for her life as she snags odd jobs, gets high, and lives as large as possible on a tight budget.Setting aside the comparison, which does “Nora From Queens” zero favors, there are still nagging problems that hinder even Awkwafina’s awkward charms.

Nora’s arcs are thin and change sporadically, while the bloated editing can’t capture the zany comedic energy it’s chasing.


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