Future Black History Month: Phoebe Robinson's Important Push for Diversity in Comedy
Fuse is once again celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Black History before our very eyes. With her writing, podcasts and comedy, Phoebe Robinson is the definition of someone creating Future Black History, but let's take just a moment to throw it back to her early days when she was a writer on former Fuse show White Guy Talk Show. Watch above to note that, clearly, our girl has always had a strong sense of who she is and pushing her unique brand of comedy to the forefront.
In her work, the 2 Dope Queens host has been adamant that black women—along with all LGBTQ and all people of color—be represented in the comedy and one of her earliest breaks was as a writer on White Guy Talk Show that stood for being the only late-night talk show to be hosted by a non-white man and woman. Phoebe has kept that mindset in her work, speaking up for diverse representation and typically doing so with her partner in crime and 2016 Future Black History honoree Jessica Williams.
The NYC-based comedian has more than proven how serious she is about her beliefs with her projects. Her 2016 Sooo Many White Guys solo podcast featured exclusively women, people of color, and LGBTQ people—and the "one token white guy"—to flip the ratio and standards of your usual interview shows on their heads. Meanwhile, her critically acclaimed book You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain), which was released last October, brought her take on race, gender, and pop culture with her signature wit and undeniable vision.
Undoubtedly, the 32-year-old will continue to the flip the standards and fuel important conversations as her work gains more respect and more admirers. And with the current leadership of our country, having someone like Phoebe Robinson making topics of diversity and representation fun and sexy are all the necessary.
Want more old-school Phoebe? Check out another classic White Guy Talk Show skit below: