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Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Should Comedy Central be concerned about the exodus of talent?
The news of Hasan Minhaj's exit for his own Netflix show comes after The Daily Show lost Michelle Wolf and Jessica Williams. Meanwhile, Inside Amy Schumer is in the midst of a long hiatus and Broad City "seems to be fading as a cultural phenomenon," says Miles Surrey. He adds: "Practically the only constants in Comedy Central’s lineup are South Park and, somehow, Tosh.0, which was renewed for three more seasons in February. The less said about Tosh.0 the better, but even South Park, a decades-long, profanity-laced staple of modern American culture, has seen its impact diminished."
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
HBO’s 2 Dope Queens makes a convincing case for the two-person talk show
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s four-episode TV adaptation of their popular podcast, directed by Tig Notaro, works especially well because there are two of them, says Jen Chaney. “Anyone who listens to podcasts — or, for that matter, anyone who used to watch old ’70s variety shows like Sonny and Cher — knows there’s something special about watching a program co-hosted by two people who really know how to catch each other’s passes,” says Chaney. “Yet most late-night shows are solo acts with the occasional sidekick or bandleader who acts as a sounding board for jokes. We rarely see hosting partnerships that are true partnerships. The late-night talk format could use some shaking up, and the best way to shake it up on a more regular basis might be to send in the Queens.” ALSO: How do Williams and Robinson keep their show spontaneous when they spend so much time together? And when was the first time they struck comedy gold together?
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s 2 Dope Queens HBO comedy series will be like their podcast, but “with makeup and wig budget”
Former Daily Show correspondent Williams says HBO was “like, ‘We just want you guys to do the podcast.’ They honored our voice and gave us freedom.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will air live after President Trump’s State of the Union Address
This will be Colbert’s first live show since Trump last addressed a joint session of Congress last February. Colbert’s guests that night will include two sets of podcast hosts — Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett of Pod Save America and Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson from 2 Dope Queens.
# TOPICS: CBS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jessica Williams, Jon Favreau (actor/director), Jon Lovett, Phoebe Robinson, Stephen Colbert, Tommy Vietor, Late Night, State of the Union Address, Trump Presidency
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 2:48PM EST
Jessica Williams and 2 Dope Queens podcast partner Phoebe Robinson are coming to HBO in February — with Jon Stewart
HBO's four 2 Dope Queens specials, based on the podcast of the same name, will kick off with a reunion of Williams and her former Daily Show boss Stewart on Feb. 2. Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess and Uzo Aduba will appear in the following weeks. Tig Notaro directed all four episodes, which were taped in front of a live audience in Brooklyn.
Posted Thursday 9/21/17 at 2:45PM EDT
Jessica Williams is set to star in a Showtime comedy series
The former Daily Show correspondent is re-teaming with Jim Strouse, the director of her film The Incredible Jessica James, to produce and star in a comedy about a black aspiring science fiction writer — played by Williams — who comes of age in Brooklyn. This will be their third project together.