Tawny Newsome

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Tawny Newsome
Tawny Newsome by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Newsome at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1983-02-24) February 24, 1983 (age 39)
EducationDePaul University (BFA)
Occupation(s)Musician, actress, comedian, podcaster
Years active2008–present
Nate Urbansky
(m. 2013)

Tawny Newsome (born February 24, 1983) is an American musician, comedian, and actress best known for playing Chelsea Leight-Leigh on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, co-starring in Space Force and the third season of Brockmire, and co-hosting the podcast Yo, Is This Racist?. She is also a singer in the band Four Lost Souls.[1] She voices one of the main characters, Beckett Mariner, on Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Vacaville, California, where she grew up on a ranch, Newsome attended DePaul Theatre School in Chicago, where she started her comedy career with Second City.[2]


Newsome was a backup singer in a touring Talking Heads tribute band. This later led to her being cast in Documentary Now! in a similar role.[3]

Newsome's first major television roles were as Chelsea Leight-Leigh on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and Nina on The Comedy Get Down.[2]

Newsome has been a co-host of the podcast Yo, Is This Racist? alongside Andrew Ti since 2018.[1] She also appears as a frequent guest on podcasts such as Comedy Bang! Bang! and Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins.[4][5]

Newsome is also a musician and is a member of the band Four Lost Souls alongside Jon Langford, Bethany Thomas, and John Szymanski.[6] The group released a debut self-titled album in 2017.[7]

Newsome was in the main cast of Brockmire in its third season.[8] She was also cast in the 2019 ABC pilot Woman Up.[9] She was cast as a lead voice in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Lower Decks.[10]

She appears in a lead role as Maj. Angela Ali in the Netflix series Space Force starting in 2020.[11]

Since 2020, Newsome has co-hosted Star Trek: The Pod Directive, the official Star Trek podcast, along with comedian Paul F. Tompkins.[12]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Uncle John Cute Hipster Girl
2016 Einstein's God Model Marcel Gutierrez
2018 Canal Street Kai
2019 Spies in Disguise Agency Employee #1 Voice
2021 How It Ends Celine
Vacation Friends Brooke
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Chicago Fire Jen Episode: "A Problem House"
2014 Crisis EMT Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2015 Sirens Jami Episode: "Balls"
2016 2 Broke Girls Chrissy Episode: "And the Basketball Jones"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Worried Mom Episode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes with Brown Laces"
Take My Wife Pam Episode: "Punchline"
Documentary Now! Backup Singer Episode: "Final Transmission"
2016–2019 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Chelsea Leight-Leigh 34 episodes
2017 Nobodies Grace 3 episodes
The Carmichael Show Jessica Episode: "Three Year Anniversary"
Do You Want to See a Dead Body? Marion Episode: "A Body and a High School Reunion (with Joe Lo Truglio)"
The Comedy Get Down Nina 10 episodes
2019 Brockmire Gabby Taylor 6 episodes
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle Performer Episode: "Money"
Sherman's Showcase Various 4 episodes
HarmonQuest Donna (voice) / Herself Episode: "Ivory Quay"
Big Mouth (voice) Episode: "Duke"
Perfect Harmony Georgia 3 episodes
2019–2020 Craig of the Creek Jasmine Williams (voice) 3 episodes
2020 Superstore Isabel Episode: "Zephra Cares"
The Twilight Zone Zara Delancey Episode: "Ovation"
Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun The Queen Episode: "Dinner Party"
2020–2022 Space Force Angela Ali Main role
2020–present Star Trek: Lower Decks Ensign Beckett Mariner (voice) Main role, 3 seasons
Nominated—Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series (2021)
2021 True Story Billie 6 episodes
2022 Physical Wanda 5 episodes
Tuca & Bertie (voice) Episode: "Leveling Up"
Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery (Mayor Palmer) 1 Episode


  1. ^ a b Stuart, Gwynedd (October 23, 2019). "When People Ask 'Yo, Is This Racist?' These Podcasters Find It Usually Is". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kozell, Isaac (October 27, 2017). "The Two Worlds of Tawny Newsome". Vulture. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Adams, Erik (October 10, 2016). ""How did I get here?": Documentary Now!'s little Talking Heads tribute that could". AV Club.
  4. ^ Malin, Sean (May 13, 2019). "Want to Try Yo, Is This Racist? Start Here". Vulture. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Ruskin, Zack (January 10, 2018). "Bajillion Dollar Talent: Tawny Newsome - 01/10/2018". SF Weekly. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Miller, Joshua (October 9, 2017). "How Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls found a second home in Muscle Shoals, Alabama". Chicago Reader. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Kaseko, Baraka; Eakin, Marah (November 20, 2017). "Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls open their session with the wandering "Fish Out Of Water"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 2, 2018). "'Brockmire' Season 3 Adds Tawny Newsome (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 26, 2019). "Mary Elizabeth Ellis & Tawny Newsome To Star In 'Woman Up' Comedy Pilot At ABC". Deadline. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Lincoln, Ross A.; Welk, Brian (July 20, 2019). "'Star Trek: Lower Decks': Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells and Eugene Cordero to Star in Animated Series". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 26, 2019). "'Space Force': John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz Among 6 Cast In Greg Daniels-Steve Carell Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline. Retrieved December 8, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Star Trek: The Pod Directive is the Official Star Trek Podcast".

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