Pasadena, CA – Some actors, showrunners and executives approach the twice-yearly Television Critics Association tours as if it’s their death march to the gallows. Sometimes that’s not unjustified. Every so often, though, a glorious party breaks out on the stage. Critics, grumpy after scores of press conferences, a steady diet of sugar, a lack of sleep and not seeing the sun for days, suddenly perk up. They realize they are in the presence of something different. That happened here the other day, when the podcast stars known as 2 Dope Queens -- Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) and Phoebe Robinson (I Love Dick) – held court during HBO’s portion of the tour, electrifying the room in seemingly effortless fashion. Their podcast and live shows have attracted an ever-growing, loyal audience, and they just hit the comics’ jackpot: a series of HBO specials.
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