We hosted a night to remember with stand-up comic and Emmy-nominated actress Yvonne Orji as she shared her frank and fresh advice book, Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams. Comedian Roy Wood Jr. joined Orji in a conversation about her work. Expect to be entertained by Orji’s modern take on Biblical stories, inspired by her wild success, and captivated by her views on faith. Fear not, this ain’t your mama’s Bible study!
Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams
By Yvonne Orji
Published by Worthy Books
Thriving stand-up comic and actress Yvonne Orji—best known as Issa Rae’s BFF on the HBO series, Insecure—shares the secrets to living the life of your dreams.
Yvonne Orji has never shied away from being unapologetically herself, and that includes being outspoken about her faith. Known for interpreting Biblical stories and metaphors to fit current times, her humorous and accessible approach to faith leaves even non-believers inspired and wanting more.
The way Yvonne sees it, God is a Sovereign Prankster, punking folks long before Ashton Kutcher made it cool. When she meditates on her own life—complete with unforeseen blessings and unanticipated roadblocks—she realizes it’s one big testimony to how God tricked her into living out her wildest dreams. And she wants us to join in on getting bamboozled. This is not a Self-Help book—it’s a Get Yours book!
In Bamboozled by Jesus, a frank and fresh advice book, Orji takes readers on a journey through twenty-five life lessons, gleaned from her own experiences and her favorite source of inspiration: the Bible. But this ain’t your mama’s Bible study. Yvonne infuses wit and heart in sharing pointers like why the way up is sometimes down, and how fear is synonymous to food poisoning. Her joyful, confident approach to God will inspire everyone to catapult themselves out of the mundane and into the magnificent.
With bold authenticity and practical relatability, Orji is exactly the kind of cultural leader we need in these chaotic times. And her journey through being Bamboozled by Jesus paints a powerful picture of what it means to say “yes” to a life you never could’ve imagined—if it wasn’t your own.
Yvonne Orji is an Emmy-nominated Nigerian-American actress, writer and comedian. A failed doctor (blame organic chemistry), Yvonne took to comedy after needing a talent for a beauty pageant. Now, she entertains international audiences, as can be seen in her one-hour HBO comedy special, Momma, I Made It! A sought after speaker, she’s given the opening keynote at the Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, and her TEDx talk, “The Wait Is Sexy,” has garnered over a million views. Her breakout TV role was playing Molly on HBO’s hit show Insecure. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Connect with Yvonne on Twitter and Instagram: @YvonneOrji.
Roy Wood Jr.
Roy Wood Jr.
Roy Wood Jr., described as “One of comedy’s best journalists” (Forbes) and “One of 10 Comics to Watch in 2016” (Variety), joined The Best F#@ing News Team in 2015 as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He is currently the host of two podcasts–Roy’s Job Fair and Beyond the Scenes–and his third stand-up special, Imperfect Messenger, premieres on Comedy Central on October 29th. Wood’s credits include The Neutral Ground (PBS), 1% Happy (HBO Max) and the upcoming film Confess, Fletch. Wood’s other work includes his previous standup specials No One Loves You and Father Figure as well as Comedy Central’s storytelling series This is Not Happening. Wood has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Def Comedy Jam, Last Comic Standing, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He has performed on numerous USO Tours, and during the pandemic, Roy spent time raising money for the displaced staff of comedy clubs through tipyourwaitstaff.com and Laugh Aid. In his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, his philanthropic endeavors include supporting Workshops, Inc., The DUBS Baseball Academy, STAIR of Birmingham and Also, I See Me, Inc.