Bingeworthy

2 Dope Queens Transforming Comedy

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are changing the comedy game

Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens have taken the world by storm with their one-of-a-kind commentary on feminism, racism, and other relevant issues today. If you’re tuning in to their podcast, HBO special, or stumbling upon some of their stand-up in NYC, you’re in for a treat.

The Backstory

Jessica Williams is an actress and comedian, starring in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Girls, acting as a correspondent on The Daily Show, and much more.

Phoebe Robinson has been a staff writer on Girl Code and a consultant on Broad City. She also writes for magazines such as Glamour and Vanity Fair. Robinson has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Call with Carson Daly, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She also released a book in 2016 titles You Can’t Touch my Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain). 

Originally, 2 Dope Queens was a monthly stand-up show hosted by Williams and Robinson.

2 Dope Queens: The Podcast

The 2 Dope Queens podcast began in 2015 and is based at WNYC Studios in Brooklyn. Williams and Robinson include their own personal commentary and anecdotes and welcome three stand-up comedians each episode.

The show includes:

Stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus, a whole bunch of other shit – WNYC Studios

They’ve hosted guests like Fred Armisen, Kevin Bacon, Eric Andre, and tons of other well-known and lesser known comedians across all spectrums.

Where to Listen

2 Dope Queens is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, WNYC Studios, and most other podcast websites and apps. Their HBO special can be seen on hbogo.com

Sooo Many White Guys

Phoebe Robinson also hosts her own podcast Sooo Many White GuysBroad City star Ilana Glazer produces the show. WNYC describes the podcast as

intimate, funny conversations with all kinds of artists who (mostly) aren’t white dudes – WNYC Studios

Robinson’s podcast also focuses on giving voices to celebrities and individuals from all backgrounds. She intentionally and successfully veers from the far-too-often heard white male narrative. Robinson even only interviews one white guy per season.

She has had guests such as Bill Hader (token white guy), Hannibal Buress, Tyra Banks, and many other influential figures.

Robinson and Williams’s unfiltered take on life as a minority, and a woman is unparalleled in the comedic realm. They truly are changing the comedy-game and giving voices to comedians of all races, genders, and sexualities.

Cover image via HBO

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