Tawny Newsome
Newsome at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1983-02-24) February 24, 1983 (age 38)
OccupationMusician, actress, comedian, podcaster
Years active2008–present

Tawny Newsome (born February 24, 1983) is an American musician, comedian, and actress best known for playing Chelsea Leight-Leigh on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, co-starring in Space Force and the third season of Brockmire, and co-hosting the podcast Yo, Is This Racist?. She is also a singer in the band Four Lost Souls.[1] Currently, she voices one of the main characters, Beckett Mariner, on Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Early life

Originally from Vacaville, California, Newsome attended theater school in Chicago, where she started her comedy career with Second City.[2]


Newsome was a backup singer in a touring Talking Heads tribute band. This later led to her being cast in Documentary Now! in the same role.[citation needed]

Newsome's first major television roles were as Chelsea Leight-Leigh on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and Nina on The Comedy Get Down.[2]

Newsome has been a co-host of the podcast Yo, Is This Racist? alongside Andrew Ti since 2018.[1] She also appears as a frequent guest on podcasts such as Comedy Bang! Bang! and Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins.[3][4]

Newsome is also a musician and is a member of the band Four Lost Souls alongside Jon Langford, Bethany Thomas, and John Szymanski.[5] The group released a debut self-titled album in 2017.[6]

Newsome was in the main cast of Brockmire in its third season.[7] She was also cast in the 2019 ABC pilot Woman Up.[8] She was cast as a lead voice in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Lower Decks[9] and appeared in a lead role in the Netflix series Space Force in 2020.[10]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Uncle John Cute Hipster Girl
2016 Einstein's God Model Marcel Gutierrez
2018 Canal Street Kai
2019 Spies in Disguise Agency Employee #1 Voice
2021 How It Ends
Vacation Friends Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Chicago Fire Jen Episode: "A Problem House"
2014 Crisis EMT Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2015 Sirens Jami Episode: "Balls"
2016 2 Broke Girls Chrissy Episode: "And the Basketball Jones"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Worried Mom Episode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes with Brown Laces"
Take My Wife Pam Episode: "Punchline"
Documentary Now! Backup Singer Episode: "Final Transmission"
2016–2019 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Chelsea Leight-Leigh 34 episodes
2017 Nobodies Grace 3 episodes
The Carmichael Show Jessica Episode: "Three Year Anniversary"
Do You Want to See a Dead Body? Marion Episode: "A Body and a High School Reunion (with Joe Lo Truglio)"
The Comedy Get Down Nina 10 episodes
2019 Brockmire Gabby Taylor 6 episodes
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle Performer Episode: "Money"
Sherman's Showcase Various 4 episodes
HarmonQuest Donna (voice) / Herself Episode: "Ivory Quay"
Big Mouth Voice; Episode: "Duke"
Perfect Harmony Georgia 3 episodes
Craig of the Creek Jasmine Voice; Episode: "Craig and the Kid's Table"
2020 Superstore Isabel Episode: "Zephra Cares"
The Twilight Zone Zara Delancey Episode: "Ovation"
Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun The Queen Episode: "Dinner Party"
2020–present Space Force Angela Ali Main role
Star Trek: Lower Decks Ensign Beckett Mariner Main voice role; 10 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series (2021)


  1. ^ a b Stuart, Gwynedd (2019-10-23). "When People Ask 'Yo, Is This Racist?' These Podcasters Find It Usually Is". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  2. ^ a b Kozell, Isaac (2017-10-27). "The Two Worlds of Tawny Newsome". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  3. ^ Malin, Sean (2019-05-13). "Want to Try Yo, Is This Racist? Start Here". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  4. ^ Ruskin, Zack (2018-01-10). "Bajillion Dollar Talent: Tawny Newsome - 01/10/2018". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  5. ^ Miller, Joshua (2017-10-09). "How Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls found a second home in Muscle Shoals, Alabama". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  6. ^ Kaseko, Baraka; Eakin, Marah (2017-11-20). "Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls open their session with the wandering "Fish Out Of Water"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-10-02). "'Brockmire' Season 3 Adds Tawny Newsome (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2019-02-26). "Mary Elizabeth Ellis & Tawny Newsome To Star In 'Woman Up' Comedy Pilot At ABC". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  9. ^ Lincoln, Ross A.; Welk, Brian (2019-07-20). "'Star Trek: Lower Decks': Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells and Eugene Cordero to Star in Animated Series". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (2019-09-26). "'Space Force': John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz Among 6 Cast In Greg Daniels-Steve Carell Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-12-08.