This article was published on November 2nd, 2021
The Browns, the hilarious television series starring drag duo Tammie Brown and Kelly Mantle, is back for season two! The show that began as two-minute comedic sketches on Instagram resumes November 5, with new episodes airing Fridays.
The tv series began as a few improvised sketches made by John Mark (the series’ creator) and Tammie Brown in 2018. It wasn’t until it steadily grew a huge online audience that they decided to “scale the show into something bigger.”
The Browns is not your typical family sitcom as it adopts a strange, vulgar, and deliciously outrageous take. Mark says that he wanted to have a queer version of the traditional 90’s family sitcom tropes.
Tammie Brown is the drag persona created by Keith Glen Schubert, best known for her stand-out appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.
On the other hand, Kelly Mantle is a gender-fluid actor who is well known for making a meteoric appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Kelly recently made Oscars history by being the first openly non-binary person ever to be approved and considered by The Academy for both Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for their role in the feature film Confessions Of A Womanizer. The reality TV personality has also guest-starred on other network television shows such as “Lucifer,” “Modern Family”, and “Mike & Molly,” among others.
“Tammie and I are two comedic corpses living out our Hollywood fantasies,” says Kelly. “When I first met Tammie, she was singing to herself in the mirror while guzzling champagne and playing with dancing troll dolls…I immediately knew this was the kind-of batshit crazy I needed in my life.”
Kelly is not surprised by the growing popularity of Sheila, the peculiar character they play on The Browns, noting that she is fearless and doesn’t mince her words. “People connect with Sheila because she has no filter, no censor and no shame. She says what we’re all thinking. She’s bold and blunt, but it goes down smooth like Southern Comfort.
The Browns’ first season consisted of three episodes with content built from the Instagram sketches. It featured RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Kasha Davis, Laganja Estranja, Ongina, Raja, Tynomi Banks, and drag icon Coco Peru.
The new season consists of five thirty-minute scripted episodes shaped on a more complex storyline. And just like in Season One, the upcoming season will have a host of star-studded guest appearances such as drag legends Katya, Honey Davenport, Mariah Balenciaga, and Sherry Vine, as well as non-drag notables Cazwell and Jen Kober.
Mark credits the success of The Browns to the incredible cast and their chemistry. He also acknowledges the many queer talents who have lent their names and time to the project.
“Creating a unique space where famous queer club performers have to deal with wholesome family sitcom themes feels subversive and exciting to me as a filmmaker,” Mark reflects. He promises that while the new season will be a scaled-up version of The Browns, it will remain true to the side-splitting family fun that fans have fallen in love with.