Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson have taken their beloved 2 Dope Queens brand from iconic podcast to critically acclaimed HBO series. Now, the comics are prepared to bestow their title on some other brilliant women.
Speaking with EW, the 2 Dope Queens cohosts described the women they consider to be their own “dope queens,” ranging from legendary celebrities to hilarious comics to special family members.
Even though most of the names on this list are plenty famous, the “dope queen” honor might be enough to boost some profiles: Williams and Robinson’s show, which premiered Friday on HBO, is already a huge hit with critics and features such guests as Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Stewart.
Read on below for Williams and Robinson’s commentary on their own dope queens. The show will air three more episodes on HBO on Friday nights and is available for streaming via HBOGo.
ROBINSON: “She a rapper/actress/author/talk show host. Not impressed yet? Okay, well, she’s in two upcoming summer hit movies: Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Cannot wait until she is a household name!”
WILLIAMS: “I’m biased, but this is my Momma! She brought me into this world, and I feel like it would be a little disrespectful to mention these other people and not her. I feel like she’d be like, ‘You wrote about a British author, but not me.’ Just kidding. She would never say that. Anyway, my mother is many wonderful things, but one thing that stands out to me is how playful she is. She taught me that it’s okay to laugh and have fun. I don’t think that I would be a comedian without her.”
ROBINSON: “I mean, duh! She’s one of the stand-up comics featured in the first 2DQ HBO special! But for real, she is, hands down, one of, if not THE funniest person I know. Not only that, but she has big boobs, adorable freckles, and amazing curly, big hair. She is my teenage dream come to life.”
ROBINSON: “She’s one of my best friends, an incredible businesswoman, comedian, and actress. And, most importantly, she’s using her platform to raise awareness about DACA, RED, and other causes. What an inspiration.”
WILLIAMS: “Listen. I love Whoopi Goldberg. I always have. I remember being in middle school when I saw her one-woman show Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway for the first time. I would love to do a show like that. What I love about Whoopi is not only does she have the esteemed titled of having gotten her EGOT, she also managed to do it while always staying true to herself. Whether it’s telling it like it is on The View, wearing her favorite flashy shoes, or starting her own cannabis wellness line, Whoopi is being Whoopi. I admire her ability to stand in her power and own her truth. Whoopi rules.”
ROBINSON: “She stars in HBO’s Insecure, opens for Chris Rock, and acts alongside Kevin Hart in an upcoming movie. This broad works extremely hard, and it’s amazing to see it all pay off. Plus, she’s a good person. That’s a quality far too rare in Hollywood!”
WILLIAMS: “I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this woman: Her name is J.K. Rowling. I call her JoJo, which is low-key ignorant, but she allows it so I’m going to push that to the limit. Anyway, J.K. Rowling is a dope queen not only because she created the Harry Potter universe as well as the Fantastic Beasts (a film I get to be in), but also because even though she is incredibly successful, she still takes the time to be incredibly kind and thoughtful. Her charity, Lumos, continues to work hard to ensure the safety of children everywhere. I admire not only her talent but her kindness and poise as well.”