'2 Dope Queens' Bid Farewell to Their Hit HBO Special But Will Remain Booked and Busy
The only event at Sundance that felt like a family reunion, 2 Dope Queens Brunch, one hilarious, real, and enlightenment. HBO presented the brunch at the chic Tupelo on Main Street. The theme, "Reclaiming Your Crown” was in full effect and the queens were onsite to engage in a conversation with moderator, Angela Rye about being a dope queen in a male-dominated industry.
The room was filled with pure melanin magic as guests reminisced and sipped champagne while listening to hip-hop classics! Although the discussion was rather quick, no topic was off limits. 2 Dope Queens stars, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams served several hilarious moments during the exclusive event and discussed everything from hair-braiding to politics. The ladies discussed politics, plans, our favorite First Lady, Michelle Obama, and simply being "booked and busy."
For those that aren't aware, 2 Dope Queens is based on the WNYC Studios podcast of the same name, the four-episode HBO special aired in February of last year. The new season kicks off next month and will feature guest stars as Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Radcliffe, Janet Mock, Keegan-Michael Key, and Lizzo. The show is equally hilarious and eye-opening and a true original way to discuss pressing topics in todays society.
Phoebe fessed up to a few attributed that might get her Black card revoked such as lack of hairbraiding skills, which was put on display, but may have gained some props due to her beatboxing skills. To her point, regardless of her level of "blackness," she has always remained to be true too herself and the audience. “There are numerous ways to be Black and we just have to be our authentic selves…,” said Williams. “The only Blackness I can speak to thoroughly is mine and I am a Black woman, period.”
The two touched on why the show will, unfortunately, not be returning. “We are booked and busy. Honestly, when we started 2 Dope Queens we really just wanted to have fun and do a really cool show and I don’t think we were expecting it to explode our careers in a way we couldn’t predict and that’s really what happened,” said Robinson. “I think we have a champagne problem where we are working a lot and we’re able to be in movies and TV shows and get these writing jobs and we don’t want to phone it in. If we can’t give 110% and give the best show possible…then I don’t want to put out a shitty project because you guys don’t deserve that.”
Although the two have decided to end their hit show after its second season, which airs on Feb.8th, these two aren't going anywhere. Phoebe has written two books You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) and Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, said she hopes to start her own imprint and book club. She’s also in the upcoming comedy, alongside Taraji P. Henson, What Men Want. Jessica who was recently seen in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (she recently gushed about how J.K. Rowling slid into her DMs asking her to play the role at an IMDb Studio discussion), also has roles in the upcoming The Twilight Zone reboot, Corporate Animals, and Booksmart. These two are definitely the epitome of booked and busy!