Today Hulu premieres the new comedy series Woke, inspired by the life and work of the artist Keith Knight. The live-action / animated hybrid stars Lamorne Morris as Keef Knight, creator of "Toast & Butter;" He is a black cartoonist with an absurdly disrespectful attitude towards identity and culture. The artist prides himself on shying away from controversy and is on the verge of mainstream success when traumatized after being racially profiled and aggressively mistreated by police. After the incident, Keef finds that he can see and hear inanimate objects talking to him. To the viewer, they appear as animated objects, like 40-ounce malt bottles in the store. He is suddenly over-aware of racism and the daily micro-aggressions. He always tried very hard to ignore him. The series follows him as he tries to figure out how to live his life and build his career as a "woken up" black man.
In addition to Morris, the voices of JB Smoove as Marker (a Sharpie), Nicole Byer and Eddie Griffin as 40-ounce bottles, Cree Summer as a paper bag, Tony Hale as Sad Face, Cedric the Entertainer as Trashcan and Keith can be seen on the show David as Bibleow.
Dan Sarto is the Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.