Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson is an American comedian, actress, author, podcaster, and producer. She came into the limelight with the hit podcast turned TV show 2 Dope Queens (2018). In 2016, she became New York Times best-selling writer with the book “You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain.” She is also known for appearing in the films Ibiza (2018) and What Men Want (2019).

Wiki/Biography

Phoebe Robinson was born on Friday, September 28, 1984 (age 36 years; as of 2020), in Bedford, Ohio, United States. She did her schooling at Gilmour Academy, Ohio, and in 2002, she went on to pursue a course in screenwriting at Pratt Institute in New York City. Post her graduation, she joined New Line Cinema, New York as a receptionist, and later, she got promoted to the position of assistant to the head of New Line Cinema’s indie company, Picture House. Despite being an active member of the improv group during her college days, Phoebe ventured into standup comedy much later in life. In 2008, her journey as a stand-up comedian began when a friend persuaded her to take stand-up comedy lessons at Carolines School of Comedy in New York City.

Childhood picture of Phoebe Robinson with her brother

Childhood picture of Phoebe Robinson with her brother

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Hair Color: Black  

Eye Color: Black

Phoebe Robinson

Family & Ethnicity

Phoebe Robinson belongs to an African-American family.

Parents & Siblings

Phoebe Robinson’s father, Phillip Robinson, was a small business owner. Her mother, Octavia Robinson, worked as an accountant. Her brother, Phil Robinson (born as Phillip Martin Robinson Jr.), is an American politician who is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the 6th district in Cuyahoga County.

Phoebe Robinson with her brother.

Phoebe Robinson with her brother.

Relationships, Husband & Children

Phoebe Robinson refers to her boyfriend as British Baekoff.

Phoebe Robinson with her boyfriend

Phoebe Robinson with her boyfriend

Career

Phoebe Robinson started her career as a screenwriter for the television series Portlandia (2011) and Girl Code (2013). In 2012, she began writing content for Glamour, an online women’s magazine, meanwhile, she established her blog Blaria. Phoebe also co-hosted Blaria Live, a live version of her blog Blaria in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. In 2016, she worked as a consultant for the third season of the American television sitcom Broad City. Later, she became New York Times best-selling writer with the book “You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain (2016).”

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You Can’t Touch My Hair (2016)

You Can’t Touch My Hair (2016)

Thereafter, she authored Everything’s Trash (2018) for which she earned the nominations for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor (2018) and Audie Award for Humor (2019). Later, in July 2016, she started her solo podcast ‘Sooo Many White Guys,’ which premiered on the official website of WNYC Studios. In the podcast, she exclusively interviewed women about the predominance of white men in the comedy business.

Sooo Many White Guys (2016)

Sooo Many White Guys (2016)

In 2019, Phoebe Robinson performed her solo stand-up “Sorry, Harriet Tubman” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Television

Since her television debut Broad City (2014) in which she played the role of Shenae, Phoebe Robinson made a cameo appearance in the show Co-operation (2015). In 2018, she struck stardom with the hit podcast turned TV show 2 Dope Queens, which she co-hosted along with Jessica Williams.

Later, in 2020, she appeared as a contestant in the reality competition show RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race.

OTT/Web Series

In 2016, she made her digital debut with Netflix Presents: The Characters in which Eight improvisational comedians performed a 30-minute stand-up set demonstrating a variety of sketches and improv routines.

Netflix Presents The Characters (2016)

Netflix Presents The Characters (2016)

In the same year, she hosted a talk show Woke Bae, and later, she played the role of Suki in Amazon Prime’s I Love Dick.

Films

In 2017, Phoebe Robinson made her film debut with ‘In Case of Emergency’ in which she played the role of Charlene. Later, she earned immense appreciation for playing the role of Leah in the film Ibiza (2018).

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Phoebe Robinson in the film Ibiza (2018)

Thereafter, she starred as Ciarra in the film What Men Want (2019), and made an appearance in the documentary film Becoming (2020).

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Awards/ Honors

  • Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor (2016) for the book You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain (2016)
  • Nominated for the Audie Award for Humor (2017) for You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain (2016)
  • Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor (2018) for the book Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay (2018)
  • Nominated for the Audie Award for Humor (2019) for Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay (2018)
  • Nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award (2019) for the television series Portlandia (2011).

Favorite Things

  • Comedians: Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes, Ellen DeGeneres, Patrice O’Neal
  • Singer: BonoRicky Martin, Billy Joel
  • Television Series: Moesha (1996), Martin (1992), Sex and the City (1998)

Facts/Trivia

  • Phoebe Robinson enjoys consuming alcoholic beverages.
    Phoebe Robinson having champagne

    Phoebe Robinson having champagne

  • Phoebe Robinson is a huge fan of the American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey.
  • Phoebe Robinson has collaborated with her favorite singer ‘Bono’ to work towards his social welfare program ‘Poverty is Sexist,’ which promotes access to education for girls.
  • In 2020, she founded Tiny Reparations, a production company. In collaboration with Embassy Row, Phoebe produced its first talk show Doing the Most With Phoebe Robinson which premiered in 2021 on Comedy Central. Tiny Reparations Books, a segment of Phoebe Robinson’s production company, aims at publishing both literary fiction and non-fiction works of diverse people.

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