HBO Is Giving Our Favorite Comedy Podcast '2 Dope Queens' The Series Treatment
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HBO Is Giving Our Favorite Comedy Podcast '2 Dope Queens' The Series Treatment

If you're into live comedy, shameless storytelling and funny black chicks, chances are you've tuned in once or twice to 2 Dope Queens. And if you haven't, you may want to catch up with the podcast and all its hilarity.

Best friends Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson host a live comedy show at Brooklyn's King Theatre where the pair, along with guest comic pals tackle topics ranging from life in New York to sex and hair journeys. The two queens fearlessly bring a fresh take to the live comedy scene typically dominated by a boys club.

"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," Jessica said. "It's really cool to give our friends, people of color and different orientations an opportunity to speak for themselves, and to be sort of the main character as opposed to being a side character."

After four seasons of serving as a go-to podcast for most millennial minds of color, HBO has picked up the hit podcast and recently released the first teaser trailer indicating a premiere date of February 2, 2018.

True to the central theme of their podcast, the queens will be taking on subjects like "dating white baes" and "sex" through a series of four hour-long episodic specials. The show has already commanded big props and respect with Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) named as some of the guests set to make appearances.

2 Dope Queens comes as another breath of fresh air in an already glistening colorful television and film paradise oozing Black Girl Magic. Game changers like Shonda Rhimes and Ava DuVernay are already blazing trails on basic television and the movie industry with hit shows for Shonda and top producing blockbusters for Ms. DuVernay.

And with our favorite indulgence, Insecure, already coming back to HBO for its third season next year, along with two new shows produced by Issa Rae set to premiere on the network, the stage is set for some dope representation of women of color who are finally getting their proper shine.

"Two Dope Queens and HBO going half on a TV baby? A dream come true," Phoebe said about the news. "The work wife and I are beyond thrilled that the formula we've perfected over the past year four seasons of doing the podcast (Ignorance x Cocoa Butter + Comedic Honesty) is being brought to this network."

Just this time three years ago, it would've been easier to spot a baby deerbra than to find a black woman starring in her own show on a premium cable channel. Now the presence of black women with a lead platform on a big stage is ever-flourishing and hard to ignore. The addition of 2 Dope Queens to HBO's diversifying lineup is hella lit.

What a time to be alive for black women in television!

To tide you over until the specials premiere, have a listen to their podcast here.




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