Netflix has a new show called Survival of the Thickest that gained attention for its feel-good and comedic approach. The show is based on a collection of essays by Michelle Buteau, a stand-up and podcast host, who stars as herself.
Buteau and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel of New Girl co-created Survival of the Thickest. This is what the show is about and learn more about the interesting cast members.
What is Survival of the Thickest about?
Survival of the Thickest is about Mavis Beaumont, a New York-based fashion stylist who is curvier. Her boyfriend Jacque cheats on her and she breaks up with him. She starts a new life. Michelle told Decider that she’s built up “a laundry list of amazing black, brown and queer people” who she’s worked with in the past, befriended for a while or admired from afar.
Survival of the Fattest: Here are the main cast members and famous guest stars
Michelle Buteau as Mavis:
Michelle Buteau started out as a stand-up comedian, starring in movies like Someone Great, Isn’t It Romantic, Always Be My Maybe, and Marry Me, and on TV shows like First Wives Club and Tales of the City. She also co-hosts the Adulting podcast and hosts The Circle (U.S. version) on Netflix. Michelle Buteau released her collection of essays Survival of the Thickest in 2020.
Tone Bell as Khalil:
He plays Mavis’s best friend in the show. Michelle has known Tone for 15 years, she revealed to Netflix, and that they “tried to write something together” about 10 years ago. Tone has appeared in TV shows like A Black Lady Sketch Show, Key & Peele, and The Flash, and movies like The United States vs. Billy Holiday.
Tasha Smith as Marley:
Tasha Smith has appeared in First Wives Club and Empire, playing Taraji P. Henson’s sister. Tasha created the Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name. As a director, she has directed some episodes of shows such as Fresh Prince’s reboot Bel Air, as well as Big Sky and Mayor of Kingstown. Tasha plays another Mavis bestie on the show.
Liza Treyger as Jade:
Liza plays Mavis’ roommate Jade. Michelle and Liza first met on the comedy circuit and have been friends for over a decade. Liza can be seen in Pete Davidson’s comedy The King off Staten Island and Jordan Peele’s sci-fi horror film Nope.
Garcelle Beauvais as Natasha:
Garcelle, a former model and now actor, recently starred in the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. In 2020, she made history as the very first black cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Garcelle plays a former supermodel Survival of the Thickest so she can relate to her character in some way. Garcelle’s debut film was Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America, and she later appeared on The Jamie Foxx Show, in Models Inc and NYPD Blue.
Taylor Sele as Jacque:
Taylor plays Mavis’ fashion photographer boyfriend, who cheats on her and tries to win her back. Taylor is a former NFL player and went on to star in shows like Queens, P-Valley, and When They See Us.
Anissa Felix as India:
Survival of the Thickest is Anissa’s breakthrough television role, playing a college student who is Khalil’s love interest. Anissa has been featured on shows like Pose, The Deuce, and The Good Fight. On Broadway, she appeared in shows like Sunset Boulevard and Motown: The Musical.
Marouane Zotti as Luca:
Marouane featured in I May Destroy You in Michaela Coel’s drama on the BBC. Luca catches the eye of Mavis at a local drag bar after her breakup.
Anthony Michael Lopez as Bruce:
Anthony has appeared in shows such as Broad City, Homeland and New Amsterdam. In Survival of the Thickest, he plays assistant to former supermodel Natasha.
Peppermint as Peppermint:
The New York drag queen plays herself in Survival of the Thickest. Peppermint is RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9, playing another of Mavis’ friends. She is the one who introduces Mavis to Natasha. Peppermint was previously seen as a drag mother in the show Call Me Mother (2021). She guest starred in dramas like Pose and Schmigadoon!.
Michelle Visage as Avery:
As Natasha’s rival, singer Michelle Visage does a cameo in Survival of the Thickest. Michelle is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race and its spin-offs.
Nicole Byer as Nicole Byer:
The nailed! host makes a cameo appearance as herself, as a celebrity client of Mavis. Nicole and Michelle have known each other for years and wanted to work together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: What is Survival of the Thickest about?
Stylist Mavis Beaumont is starting over in life after a breakup, while searching for happiness. Michelle Buteau stars in and produces this feel-good series inspired by her own book.
Question 2: Where will Survival of the Thickest air?
Survival of the thickest streams on Netflix. The people behind the show are co-creators Michelle Buteau and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel.
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