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Sooo Many White Guys

What would you expect on a podcast about so many white guys?


From WNYC, “Phoebe Robinson is tired of being the token black woman in an ocean of white dude comedians. So in this podcast, Phoebe’s calling the shots.” Yep, the white guys get benched, with only two appearing on the show so far--comedian Mike Birbiglia and drag queen Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 from RuPaul’s Drag Race (and I don’t think she counts). But you won’t miss them. Phoebe interviews an array of socially conscious musicians (Lizzo, St. Vincent), authors (Roxanne Gay), and actors (Issa Rae). I am truly jealous of her six degrees of separation.

Sooo Many White Guys (three “o”s) is executive produced by Ilana Glazer of Broad City fame, and Phoebe and Joanna Solotaroff. Each episode opens with playful banter between Phoebe and Joanna (nicknamed “the white Robin Quivers,” among other things). Joanie is usually the butt of the jokes being the “Minnesotan girl who makes good,” and also being white, which is a foil to Phoebe’s New-York-black-girl-chill. Ilana stayed in the background during the first season, but now joins Phoebe on each episode for a brief segment called Across the Aisle. The pair try to come up with things everyone can relate to in the after effect of the 2016 election. So far they agree that everyone can find some pleasure in sleeping in, weed and/or drinking, babies, and buying clothes on sale.

If you’ve ever listened to 2 Dope Queens, the first podcast Phoebe was on with co-host comedian Jessica Williams, Phoebe’s solo cast feels much the same way. It’s laid back like two longtime gal pals cackling over brunch. There are a lot of euphemisms and abbreviations: baiii = “bye” with a drawn out “i”, YQY = Yas Queen Yas, relashe = relationship, and... you get the idea. It’s a millennial twist, even though Phoebe herself is 32, but it can feel like overkill. She makes up for it with the candor of her interviews. Phoebe talks astutely with her guests--you can tell she genuinely admires and respects them as they riff off each other and share belly laughs you wish you could join in on. The guests return the admiration, often asking her questions as well, which is what turns the interviews into actual conversations.

Episodes of Sooo Many White Guys are available for streaming online, or on any podcast app like Stitcher, Google Play, iTunes, or Podbean.