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
Websitetawnynewsome.com

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]

Career

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]

Filmography

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)

References

  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.