RIKKI HUGHES, LONGTIME PRODUCER TO DAVE CHAPPELLE,
CONTINUES TO DELIVER PROJECTS AND MAKE AUDIENCES LAUGH
Known as “the woman behind the laughs,” Hughes made history last year as the first African American female recipient of an EMMY for “Outstanding Variety Special” for her role as Producer of Chappelle’s Equanimity & The Bird Revelation specials, which she also won a GRAMMY for “Best Comedy Album.”
A trusted collaborator of the comedy icon, Hughes also produced his most recent Sticks & Stones, the hotly debated special that prompted enthusiastic praise from audiences (resulting in a 99% audience Rotten Tomatoes score) in the face of criticism from reviewers for material they found to be offensive. Sticks & Stones marked the 5th time working with Chappelle for Hughes, having also produced his previous specials The Age of Spin (GRAMMY Award-winning), Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation (GRAMMY and EMMY-Award winning), and Epilogue: The Punch Line. Her accolades also include an NAACP Image Award nomination.
Hughes’ current television project is BET’s The Next Big Thing. The music competition series follows 12 contestants as they participate in an immersive artist development bootcamp, with the finalists getting the chance to audition in front of four major record labels and possibly sign a deal. The show’s star-studded judging panel is comprised of Dame Dash, Tina Davis and Zaytoven, with guest mentors including Tamar Braxton and Lil’ Kim.