PAUSE with Sam Jay

PAUSE with Sam Jay is a new, half-hour, late night talk series created by Emmy-nominated writer and stand-up comedian Sam Jay (Saturday Night Live, Sam Jay: 3 In The Morning) and Prentice Penny (HBO's Insecure) that takes a new approach to late-night conversations and plunges into the cultural issues that divide us from a fresh lens.

Each week, Sam hosts a party at her apartment, where she and her guests explore current topics. Conversations are further expanded upon throughout the episode with additional interviews, sketches, and animation. In an era of discord, Sam sets out to listen, learn, and ask questions to those with different perspectives.

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Check out the official trailer for PAUSE with Sam Jay.

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INSIDE3:32
Making PAUSE

Co-creators Sam Jay and Prentice Penny discuss their creative intentions and the many pieces that went into making the series.

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Laughing and Thinking

Sam Jay shares what to expect from her new series, and what she hopes viewers will take away.

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PAUSE with Sam Jay Highlights

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Episode 1
Define "Coon"

Sam and her guests discuss the unclear definition of the word and question who gets a final say on the matter.

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Conservatives

Black Republicans explain to Sam what being a conservative means from their perspectives.

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The New Constitution

Sam proposes a list of rules for Blackness, subject and available to change.

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Episode 2
The Privilege of Status

Sam talks to the Lucas Brothers and gun advocate Derrick Grace II about Black safety in America.

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Episode 3
Life Changes

Sam stresses the importance of being allowed to change throughout your life.

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Episode 3
Projecting Confusion

Sam describes how her fears of not being accepted after coming out manifested in some crazy looks.

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Episode 3
Being Free

NFL legend Ricky Williams tells Sam how he found his identity and fulfillment off the field.

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Episode 4
Go Judge Me

Defendants go in front of Sam to learn if they’re guilty of scamming, or just doing what they gotta do.

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Episode 4
GoFundMe

Sam and her friends complain about people who lean too much on GoFundMe.

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Episode 5
Russian Roulette

Sam speaks with a mother of nine about how having children can be a gamble.

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Episode 6
Conspiracy Theories

Sam and her guests consider the levels of truth and commercial ism in conspiracy theories.

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Episode 6
Concierge Healthcare

Sam talks to a concierge doctor about unequal access to healthcare.

The Craft Behind PAUSE

Langston Kerman
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Langston Kerman

Executive Producer/Head Writer Langston Kerman discusses his role on PAUSE with Sam Jay and his approach to storytelling.

Jamaal Parham and Bashan Aquart
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Jamaal Parham and Bashan Aquart

The directing duo known as JamsXBash share a bit about their career journey and their experience directing this season.

Tysha Ampadu
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Tysha Ampadu

Costume Designer Tysha Ampadu discusses her background and the inspiration fueling her craft.

K'ia Stone
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K’ia Stone

K’ia Stone discusses her career journey so far and her work as a talent booker on PAUSE with Sam Jay.

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