WNYC Studios Introduces “Sooo Many White Guys”
(New York, NY – July 13, 2016) — Phoebe Robinson is tired of being the token black woman in an ocean of white dude comedians. That’s why with Sooo Many White Guys, Phoebe’s calling the shots.
In WNYC Studios’ new interview podcast Sooo Many White Guys, debuting today, Phoebe will host intimate, funny, and super honest conversations with musicians, actors, writers, and comedians who are killing it in their fields—and who aren’t white dudes! The podcast will highlight trailblazing women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, but by the end of the series, Phoebe will flip the script and interview one token white guy (it’s only fair).
The series kicks off with an interview with hip-hop artist Lizzo, whose second album, Big GRRRL Small World, was released to critical acclaim, and who has been passionately speaking out on current events.
Additional upcoming guests include actress Nia Long (The Best Man Holiday, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), author and trans-rights activist Janet Mock (Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More), and actor and writer Ilana Glazer (Broad City), among others.
Glazer is an executive producer of the podcast IRL, and in addition to being interviewed, will appear regularly in the comedic role of Phoebe’s ball-busting EP.
“What can I say? WNYC and I are bringing our second baby, Sooo Many White Guys, into the world (2 Dope Queens being the first, obvs), and I couldn't be happier about it. Although, I'm still waiting for WNYC to put a ring on it (Get on it, Dean Cappello!),” said Phoebe Robinson. “In all seriousness, I'm really jazzed about this new show. Coming from a comedy background where cis straight white dudes are the norm and everyone else is the ‘Other’ or the token, it feels great to flip that and have the majority of the guests on ‘SMWG’ be women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ folks and not reduce them to what they identify as on a census form. Like Janet Mock and I talk Beyoncé and how much we love Oprah, and Sooo Many White Guys executive producer Ilana Glazer and I talk about her parents and queerdom in the world of Broad City. Rapper Lizzo discusses how she used to be a flautist! These people have such amazing stories and experiences to share and it's really exciting that Sooo Many White Guys can be that outlet for them. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention how pumped I am to share my interview with the token white guy because he gets the point of the show and is game to poke fun at how things are while trying to help make the podcasting world more inclusive.”
“Those of us who’ve worked with Phoebe know that she’s a real Renaissance figure. Comedian, actor, author, and now interviewer,” said Dean Cappello, Chief Content Officer, WNYC. “WNYC Studios has a commitment to using our megaphone to feature this kind of talent. And we’re thrilled to give listeners who just can’t wait for the next season of 2 Dope Queens the Summer of Phoebe Robinson.”
Sooo Many White Guys will release eight weekly episodes each Tuesday through August 30th, and is available on wnyc.org, iTunes, and all other places where podcasts may be downloaded.
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WNYC Studios is the premier producer of on-demand and broadcast audio. Born from the team that created some of the most critically acclaimed and popular podcasts of the last decade, WNYC Studios is leading the new golden age in audio with high-quality storytelling that informs, inspires, and delights millions of intellectually curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile, and broadcast platforms. WNYC Studios creates some of the most beloved audio series, including Radiolab, 2 Dope Queens, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Freakonomics Radio, Death, Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Note to Self, On the Media, The Takeaway, and Studio 360. Their programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, interviews that reveal, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself. For more information, visit http://wnycstudios.wnyc.org.