The “Niggardly” logo in front of the full cast of eleven actors, standing in a modern office. All of the actors are dressed like they work at a startup.
Niggardly: Free Workplace Codeswitching app for Black Employees by Dejen Tesfagiorgis
Niggardly is the new and revolutionary software app that softens truthful Black language, and whitens it up for the workplace.
I wrote this sketch after a decade of separating my emotions from various day jobs. Niggardly started out as a 5-person sketch, but after pitching it to several friends I had too many people that had something to add to the conversation.
I mostly write sketches about the Startup tech industry, Black music and drinking. I love commercial parodies and use sketch as an avenue to address new normals that are completely messed up.
TOsketchfest21 will screen Niggardly: Free Workplace Codeswitching app for Black Employees (Grammarly spoof) and Niggardly Commercial 2: Free Workplace Codeswitching app for Black and Brown Employees.
Content Warning: Swearing, Language: Severe use of a word close to the ‘n-word’
Dejen Tesfagiorgis is a writer, comedian and former software entrepreneur based in Brooklyn. After founding and selling a media education startup and later working for Microsoft, he moved to New York to study improv and sketch comedy. He’s appeared in videos for Disney+, NBC News Digital, Bleacher Report and Cosmopolitan, and performed or had videos at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Philly Sketch Fest, Brooklyn Comedy Festival and New York Musical Improv Festivals. As a stand-up comedian, he’s hosted events for Amazon Web Services, Harlem Arts Festival, Harlem Comedy Festival, and been boo’d off stage at the Historic Apollo Theater. His one-man show, ‘Losing Your Sanity with a Startup,’ was part of The People’s Improv Theater’s (PIT) Solocom, and has been performed at colleges across the country. In addition to writing and performing on a resident sketch team at the PIT, he was on a house Character team at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater before it shut down due to Covid-19. He has also independently written and produced talk shows for Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Brooklyn Comedy Collective, and was in the cohort for THE TANK Theater’s 2020 pilot program.
Thank you again to these talented actors, most I met at Upright Citizen’s Brigade: Nimene Sierra, Nehemiah Markos, Dallas Rico, AhDream Smith, Ben Miller, AJ DunkThomas Smith Suni Reyes Francesca ‘Sincerio’ Villa
Shot by: Ben Miller
Sound: Elijah Crocker
Edit: Elaine White