2 Dope Queens
“Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They’re black. They’re BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other shit.”
The self-description of 2 Dope Queens does a fairly good job explaining just what the show is, so I’ll let that speak for itself and start with talking about the format. The format of 2 Dope Queens is generally a sort of prologue in the form of a conversation between the two hosts on stage which is generally filled with funny anecdotes pulled from their lives and expounded on, with no expletives unspoken. This is followed by the introduction of a guest comic and a 10-15 minute standup set. Then, rinse and repeat 2-3 times. It’s a simple formula that keeps the show funny af. Yes, that’s right, I just used ‘af’ there. And I hope Phoebe and Jessica would be proud of me for it, because one of the funniest (or most annoying, if you’re a wet blanket) running gags of the show is the continual use of abbreviations (abbreevs) thrown out by the hosts, which reaches levels of absurdity I’ve never encountered. Phoebe and Jessica are funny, according to the show’s self-description. But they’re funny because of their absurdity. That’s by no means a jab or a backhanded compliment--I truly enjoy when comedians are willing to take a joke to the end of its logical absurdity.
What’s more, Phoebe and Jessica are blunt. They’re not pulling any punches, and they’re oftentimes using their lived experiences to expose everyday injustices in a humorous way that demonstrates their point without alienating their audience. Further, they use the platform of their show to give underrepresented comedians a chance to have their voices heard, and those voices are also funny af. This is one of the podcasts that’s made me literally laugh out loud the most (garnering stares when listening in public).
The only real criticism I have about the show is when it strays from its tried-and-true formula and instead features a live interview on stage with a celebrity (Jon Stewart and Jon Hamm come to mind), talk show style. It’s not that the interviews aren’t good. They are. But they’re not great, which is what the show, generally speaking, is.
Anyway, this show is a must-subscribe if you want to stay woke but also need a dose of real humor.
It’s a live show that’s recorded well, so that’s what you should expect in terms of production.
As mentioned in the review, most of the episodes are funny, but it occasionally strays.
Phoebe and Jessica are two of the funniest comedians out there, period. The humor is especially relevant to 20-30 somethings who moved to the big city.
It’s not really that kind of podcast. But if you’re laughing hard in the midst of a comedian’s set, you probably won’t want to pause it unless you’re in a public space and need to cool it off.
Barring the trend of runaway success (which this show definitely is) going to the heads of comedians, I have full faith that the 2 Dope Queens will keep making people laugh in the future.
45min - 1 hour
Overall Score: 8.1/10
Start with the first season and work your way up.
If you like this podcast, you’ll probably like:
- Guys We Fucked
- The Worst Idea of All Time
- The Last Podcast on the Left
2 Dope Queens Website