Thankfully, she has plenty to spare. The series is hardly the first to lend itself to comparisons to “Broad City,” but it’s a rare case in which the comparisons are accurate — starting with its leveraging its star’s inherent likability in order to tell a story of amiable aimlessness among young New Yorkers. That helps carry over the line some of the show’s less successful writing; even baggily paced or confusing episodes represent time spent with a performer we crave...
Born Nora Lum, Awkwafina moved from rapper to film star with breakout supporting roles in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” She hosted “SNL” in late 2018 and then showed her dramatic chops in the indie tearjerker “The Farewell,” which sold to A24 out of Sundance in 2019 for $6 million. Up next is December’s “Jumanji: The Next Level,” and down the line are Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and the live-action “Little Mermaid,” where she’ll play Scuttle. Awkwafina will continue swimming in A-list waters in Ryan Murphy’s star-studded Netflix Broadway adaptation “The Prom,” and in 2020, she takes on her first starring TV role with “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens,” a Comedy Central series loosely based on her life.