Riders of New York City’s 7 line will hear a new voice on their daily commute: Awkwafina.
The star of Comedy Central’s new series, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, is announcing all of the 22 stops on the subway line that runs from Flushing-Main Street in Queens to 34th Street-Hudson Yards in Manhattan.
“What better way to celebrate the premiere of Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central, than having Nora herself voice the train that runs through the heart of Queens. We’re thrilled to have such collaborative partners in Awkwafina and the MTA to help bring this fun and unique concept to New York City commuters,” said Josh Line, executive vice president, marketing, creative and digital for Comedy Central, in a statement.
“New York City Transit is excited to be piloting celebrity train announcements with Comedy Central and Awkwafina. We are exploring new and different ways to generate much needed revenue, while also surprising and delighting customers. Our focus will always be to run the trains safely and on time, and if a well-known voice can bring attention to in-car messaging, we are all for it,” said Sarah Meyer, chief customer officer at MTA New York City Transit, also in a statement.
Along the way, the comedian says such things as:
“This is Hudson Yards-34th Street. Hope you like weird architecture!
This is Times Square-42nd Street, where New Yorkers go to relax!”
Hear Awkwafina’s debut as a subway announcer below:
Premiering on January 22, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens is a half-hour scripted comedy created by Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians) who stars as Nora Lin in a series inspired by her own life growing up in Queens, N.Y.. Raised by her Dad (BD Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), Nora leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in a New York City outer borough.
[Images and sound clips courtesy of Comedy Central]