Prepare to be excited: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson's HBO specials will be here sooner than you think. Released on Tuesday, the official 2 Dope Queens trailer revealed that the comedy event will premiere on Feb. 2, 2018, kicking off the new year on the right foot.
Besides being awesome comedic entertainers in their own right, Robinson and William's podcast 2 Dope Queens has garnered quite the following since its launch in April 2016. So much so, that in just over a year of lighting up the podcast scene, it was announced this past August that the podcast duo would be starring in and executively producing four, hour-long comedy specials for the network.
In case you haven't had the pleasure of indulging in Williams and Robinson's hilarious podcast previously, viewing the teaser trailer will serve as the perfect introduction to the starlet's dynamic — honest, hilarious, and very black. Dressed in their best royal attire, the pair kicks the preview off by announcing just what they plan to accomplish with their HBO slot, and it has everything to do with "queening."
Speaking of queens, Williams and Robinson also made sure to shout out a couple of black female trailblazers that helped pave the way for them. "This is what out ancestors fought for," Williams says. "Harriet Tubman," Robinson adds while raising her glass. To which Williams chimes in, "This is for you, Sojourner [Truth]."
According to Entertainment Weekly, the 2 Dope Queens comedy specials were filmed in front of a live audience at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre. Each episode will carry its own theme and will also feature a wide range of celebrity guests. Robinson and Williams are known for not holding any punches, so it's safe to bet that their HBO specials will house those same hilariously in-your-face discussions as their podcast. And from what's been released so far, it sounds as though the HBO specials will, indeed, be bringing the beloved essence of the 2 Dope Queens podcast to the small screen.
The first episode, entitled "New York," is said to feature Williams' former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart — in which the self-proclaimed cocoa queen and The Incredible Jessica James star served as a correspondent up until 2016. The second episode features New York aficionado Sarah Jessica Parker, and being titled "Hair," one can only imagine what type of entertaining discussions are going to be had. The third episode, entitled "Hot Peen," features Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt breakout star Tituss Burgess, and the final installment, entitled "Black Nerds" (aka "Blerds") features Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba.
HBO is becoming quite the scene for normalizing black experiences on the small screen. The cable network houses Issa Rae's brainchild Insecure, which, in the words of Rae, depicts "normalized regular blackness." And it was announced recently by Deadline that two other projects from Rae will be coming to the network soon — a comedy following the dating life of a bisexual, black man entitled Him or Her, and a 90210-inspired comedy about black high schoolers entitled Sweet Life.
For far too long, representations of black people in the media have been overwhelmingly centered around pain and suffering. And while having unfortunate and hurtful experiences can be normal for some, these moments aren't fully representative of the black experience. To put it simply, black people laugh, too. And it's important for joyous portrayals of black people to be apart of entertainment. Williams' and Robinson's 2 Dope Queens totally adds to the black renaissance happening on HBO, as its healthy, happy, and carefree nature will seemingly project "normalized regular blackness," as well.
HBO's 2 Dope Queens premieres on Feb. 2 at 11:30 p.m., and you'll totally want to be sure to set your DVR for the event, too. Because as it stands, the podcast duo's four-part comedy special is one that you not only wouldn't want to miss, but it'll definitely be one that you'll want to rewatch, over and over again.