NJ’s Michelle Buteau to Star in Netflix Series ‘Survival of the Thickest’

May the age of Michelle Buteau prosper.

Buteau, an actress, writer and comedian who grew up in Hamilton and Marlton (among other Jersey towns), is celebrating the launch of her new Netflix series.

Deadline reports that Buteau, a Boonton native, will direct “Survival of the Thickest,” an eight-episode series on the streaming service where she already hosts the reality show “The Circle” and stars in the comedy special “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia”, released in 2020.

Buteau, 44, based the A24 series on her 2020 book of autobiographical essays (also titled “Survival of the Thickest”) and worked with co-creator and showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show,” “New Girl”). The comedian will play Mavis Beaumont and serve as executive producer.

“DREAMS COME TRUE,” Buteau said on Instagram, sharing the news with an accompanying video relaying his excitement.

She appeared in the 2019 Netflix movie “Always Be My Maybe” alongside Ali Wong and has a role opposite Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in the romantic comedy “Marry Me,” which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 and will be released on February 1. 11 in theaters and on Peacock.

“It feels good,” Buteau told NJ Advance Media in 2020 when asked about her burgeoning career. “You know, I feel like I’ve been doing this for so long. I auditioned for-never. So I always worked one way or another. And so a lot of things are now illuminated. And I also think I can attribute that to the changing world, between #MeToo, Time’s Up, BLM, body positive…I’m here to say shit will definitely happen if you could get down to business.

She also plays Dr. Bree Washington on the BET Plus series “First Wives Club” and has a role in another upcoming film, HBO Max’s “Moonshot,” a sci-fi romantic comedy starring Lana Condor and Cole Sprouse. which is due out on March 24.

“Welcome to Buteaupia” won Best Comedy Special at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards.

Besides “Always Be My Maybe,” Buteau has had supporting roles in a string of movies, including Hulu’s holiday rom-com “Happiest Season” and Netflix’s dance flick “Work It.”

The comedian is also adding another hosting gig with the second season of Netflix’s “The American Barbecue Showdown” and will narrate the streamer’s documentary series “The Principles of Pleasure.”

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Amy Kuperinsky can be reached at [email protected] and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.

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