What if your conversations with your best friend were publicly aired? Would the world want to hear what you think about dating, television, and societal issues?
WNYC Studios thought real-life best friends Phoebe Robinson (“Broad City”) and Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) had some pretty good chemistry going – so much so that they helped them launch “2 Dope Queens,” a podcast about everything under the sun.
But it wasn’t always a big production. As Robinson explained in an interview with Glamour magazine, she had been doing a solo podcast herself before she invited Williams to try bantering with her on the air.
“I was like, ‘Hey, I have this podcast that I tape out of my apartment where I interview funny people. Wyatt Cenac has done it, so it's not janky or anything. If you ever want to do it, that would be cool,’” Robinson explained. “And she said, ‘Yeah.’ And so she came up to my place. We did the podcast.”
Fast forward to today, and it appears Robinson and Williams’ efforts are paying off. WNYC is producing “2 Dope Queens,” now in its second year, and it’s going strong with new episodes almost every week. But it isn’t just about what Robinson and Williams think about sex, race and life in New York City – it’s about delivering laughs, too. Each episode features guest comedians who banter with the hosts, often revealing never-before-seen sides of themselves to listeners.
“The popularity of ‘2 Dope Queens’ just showed there was like a hunger for new stories because we have alternative comics on our show that wouldn't normally be featured on, like, a white guy's comedy show,” Williams told Glamour. “We like to have a lot of women and women of color. We like to have people of different sexual orientations.”
And with a solid five-star rating on iTunes, it would appear that listeners are eager to see what Robinson and Williams have lined up next.
— Krystle Vermes
Title: "2 Dope Queens""
Episodes Available: 36 plus bonus episodes
Episode Length: 10-60 mins
Where to Download: WNYC
Hosts: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams