SmokeEasy is a stoner-buddy comedy about two ebony and ivory millennials, Jill and Red, disrupting the cannabis industry one “woke” misadventure at a time. First order of business: Get their THC tampon prototype into the hands of potential investor and festival headliner, Rihanna.
Red and Jill are cannapreneur underdogs and high-functioning stoners trying to manifest their dreams in the Bay Area…while they hold onto housing and come up against that only-in-the-Bay brand of covert racism and inequality.
Jill, a Stanford dropout, is set on making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list so she can finally make her successful parents proud. And Red, as freelance as they come, strives to hold onto her family home, which she shares with Mama and Jill. Together, with the help of Mama, they’re building SmokeEasy, a line of ultra-feminine cannabis products designed to disrupt patriarchal institutions with every menstrual cycle
Infiltrating backstage at a festival, escaping a problematic yoga retreat, protesting racist algorithms: Red and Jill stay high and woke—while getting their burgeoning brand out there, of course.
Project Type:Television Script
Number of Pages:23
Country of Origin:United States
Amy Copperman is a writer and artist, based in Oakland, CA. Her editorial work covers Bay Area culture, cannabis, and creativity. She’s also worked as a content director for Adobe and Lean In, the workplace equality arm of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. She has degrees in journalism and women's studies from Boston University.
Courtney Thomas is an actress, on-camera host, and producer based in Los Angeles. AEA credits include Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature (Off Broadway at Signature Theater), The Mountaintop (Theaterworks), and The Book Club Play (Public Theatre). Courtney holds a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from American Conservatory Theater.
Born and raised on opposite sides of the Bay, our friendship and collaboration began in 2017 while working in tech. We bonded over our drive to act as “high”-functioning, creative forces for a more equal world.
Our shared happy hour joints have supported healing—and hilarious—conversations through all of the recent “unprecedented times.” And they served as the inspiration for SmokeEasy.
Broad City. Insecure. Girls—these successful shows prove people want to see complex, feminine friendship on screen. Yet few shows have tackled the complexities and opportunities of interracial friendship.
We can’t be it if we don’t see it.
Red & Jill are going places and they’re bringing friendship and healing with them. But first, they’re sharing a joint. The revolution will be high.