We told you back in August of ’17 that these two ladies, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, were coming to HBO. They do so collectively as 2 Dope Queens beginning on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2. Unless you do the podcast thing most of us haven’t heard of the banter offered up. That is about to change as the routine has now gone before a camera and to HBO. Via a press release here is a look at 2 DOPE QUEENS:
HIT COMEDY DUO JESSICA WILLIAMS AND PHOEBE ROBINSON COMES TO HBO WITH A SERIES OF 2 DOPE QUEENS SPECIALS, DEBUTING FEB. 2
Guests Include Uzo Aduba, Tituss Burgess, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Stewart; Tig Notaro Directs
The hit comedy podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS, featuring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, comes to HBO in February as a series of four themed hour-long specials. Directed by Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), the show debuts FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 02 (11:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by three more editions subsequent Fridays at the same time.
Guests include Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Sarah Jessica Parker (HBO’s DIVORCE and SEX AND THE CITY) and Jon Stewart (The Daily Show). Taped before a live audience at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, the show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on Cocoa Khaleesis, dating white baes, sex, New York living, which borough has the best pizza and so much more, as well as showcasing some of the ladies’ favorite stand-up comedians.
But just who are these gals? The release gets us up to speed.
Jessica Williams’ credits include such films as the critically acclaimed The Incredible Jessica James and People Places Things, in addition to The Daily Show and the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. She is also set to star and executive produce a comedy series, to be co-written with James Strouse. Phoebe Robinson is a New York Times bestselling author of “You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain)” and has appeared on such TV shows as Broad City, Search Party and Conan. She wrote for the upcoming final season of Portlandia and makes her film debut this summer in Ibiza.
At the recent TCA (Television Critics Association) event the ladies told the room that though the specials are based on their podcasts the content is original for the HBO audience. As worded by Deadline – An HBO comedy special being “the pinnacle of comedy,” Williams said they were so excited to get the offer they asked pay cabler execs what they wanted and how they want it executed. “They’re like ‘We just want you guys to do the podcast.’ They honored our voice and gave us freedom” to do what they do, “but with makeup and a wig budget,” she said.
HBOWatch will give more detail of the four back-to-back specials in its “What’s On” post for February and get someone on staff lined up for a review.