If there are any “butt hurt white dudes” around, get out of the way of Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, because they’re as unapologetic as ever in their new podcast “2 Dope Queens”. The show, which stems from Robinson’s BlariaLIVE! shows brings together live stand-up comedy and intimate conversations between the two women off-stage. The topics will range from light politics all the way to the importance of cocoa butter. The two queens are also using it as a platform to bring comedians of different backgrounds to the forefront.
“For our show, people get to be the stars of their own stories and they get to be the stars of their own stand up,” Williams said during a press conference. “So it’s really cool to give our friends and a lot of people of color and different orientations an opportunity to speak for themselves and be sort of the main character as opposed to like the side character or supporting character.” The two hosts also hope that their show will teach something to mainstream media comedy outlets. Hopefully to shed a light on the fact that non-white comedians tend to find themselves being the only one in the room.
“In comedy or entertainment there’s always ‘well where are the black women, where are the funny gay people’ and it’s like you’re not looking,” Robinson said. “Like we’re everywhere, you’re choosing not to see us and I think with this platform, you’re gonna see very distinct and diverse voices that like people aren’t paying attention to for no other reason than that they’re lazy. Hopefully, it will motivate them to be like, ‘oh yea, maybe I should look outside of like my narrow viewpoint of the world and put other people in shows.’” While the two fully expect there to be a decent amount of backlash, they also made sure to point out that the stories from comedians of different backgrounds will most likely be able to resonate with many.
New episodes of “2 Dope Queens,” a production of WNYC Studios, will air each Tuesday through June 14.