HBO welcomes ‘2 Dope Queens’

Shonda McClain | 2/10/2018, 10:14 a.m.
The dopest podcast on NPR is now on HBO.

The dopest podcast on NPR is now on HBO.

Comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s beloved smart and irreverent podcast, “2 Dope Queens,” made its HBO debut this month with a four-part comedy event – giving fans a visual of their comedy antics.

The podcast, which touches on a variety of subjects and features celebrity guests, launched in 2015 after Robinson, 33, and Williams, 28, met while working on a segment for “The Daily Show” a year earlier. At the time, Williams, who made history when she became the youngest correspondent on the political satire talk show in 2012, was doing a segment on black women’s hair in the military. Robinson was a background actor in the segment. Their inimitable chemistry eventually led to “2 Dope Queens” and their sister-like back-and-forth has won the duo a legion of loyal fans.

“Honestly, we're just ourselves,” Williams told The Los Angeles Times. “The podcast has created this really awesome bubble in a way where we're just like, ‘Alright what we going to talk about? Girl, let's talk about period panties.’ And we're like, great, but we weren't being, like, ‘this is a statement about period panties’... sometimes being black and a woman your acts are inherently political, even if that's not necessarily what you set out to do. We're just two black female comedians, but there are so many black female comedians that are incredible. There are so many LGBTQ comedians that are incredible. And all they just really need is the platform. Sometimes it’s just being who you are and climbing and doing what you want to do and finding your passion and the world can’t help but make room for you.”

After working on the podcast for a little more than three years and raising their profiles – Williams starred in the Netflix movie “The Incredible Jessica James” and Robinson has written episodes of “Portlandia” and appeared in “I Love Dick” – the two thought their show would do well on a larger platform.

“We both felt like we had a really well-oiled machine,” Robinson told the Times. ‘I was like, ‘I think this could live on a place like HBO.’ And she's like, ‘I totally agree,’ and we just rallied the troops and then my manager, Chenoah Estrada, came up with the idea of: It should be four episodes during Black History Month.”

While “2 Dope Queens” takes over HBO, Robinson and Williams are taking a break from their podcast to work on personal projects. According to the Times, Robinson is writing a follow-up to her bestselling book, “You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain” and will appear in the Netflix film “Ibiza.” Williams is developing a comedy for Showtime that she’ll star in and will appear in the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

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