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‘I May Destroy You’ and the Unique Skill Set of Michaela Coel

Comparisons aren’t always fair; artists are individuals, and likening one to the other can elide crucial differences between them. But they’re also how skittish executives and overwhelmed audiences make their decisions—hence why every new genre show is “the next Game of Thrones,” or why every semi-autobiographical half-hour was “another Louie” for a five-year stretch, then “another Girls. ” Marketing shorthand may be annoying, but it’s usually effective. All of which is to say: Michaela Coel is not Phoebe Waller-Bridge, but you’re going to read those names in a lot of the same sentences this week (including this one). The similarities are there. Both are British women who write and star in their own productions.

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