HBO has ordered four hourlong specials based on the podcast set to debut in 2018, it was announced Thursday.
“Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson prove you can be hilarious and socially conscious at the same time,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We’re looking forward to bringing these very funny, talented women and their unique points of view to the HBO audience.”
Launched in 2016, 2 Dope Queens is a weekly stand-up and storytelling podcast in which the comedic duo discuss sex, romance, race, hair, New York and Billy Joel with their friends and favorite comedians. The two will exec produce the specials with Chenoa Estrada.
“Two Dope Queens and HBO going half on a TV baby? A dream come true,” Robinson said. “The work wife and I are beyond thrilled that the formula we’ve perfected over the past four seasons of doing the podcast (Ignorance x Cocoa Butter + Comedic Honesty) is being brought to this network.”
Added Williams: “We are so stoked to be partnering with HBO for these specials. Excited to add a couple more Khaleesis to the network!”
The specials bring Williams back to HBO, where she guest-starred on a season-three episode of Girls. She is also known for her work as a senior correspondent at The Daily Show and more recently, her acclaimed turn in the comedy The Incredible Jessica James. She is repped by UTA, B Company and Morris Yorn.
Robinson, who can be seen in Amazon’s I Love Dick, is also known for her work on Broad City and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore. She is repped by UTA and Avalon Management.
Two Dope Queens is the latest podcast to make the leap to TV. Amazon recently ordered a drama based on the popular podcast Homecoming from exec producer Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), with Julia Roberts attached to star. Zach Braff’s upcoming ABC comedy StartUp is based on the podcast of the same name.
For HBO, the four specials come as the pay cabler has faced increased competition from Netflix in the stand-up special space. The streaming giant has new specials from Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle and Ellen DeGeneres in the works, among others. HBO next has Williams’ old Daily Show boss: Jon Stewart, who will do two specials as part of his overall deal.