When it comes to the comedy industry, it is clear men that men have been the face of it for years. When many of us think of our favorite comics, we name men, including the likes of Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. Male comedians have dominated the industry since its inception. And while these men may be great in their own right, women of color are finally breaking through the comedy scene and flourishing to their full potential these days. Just look at Tiffany Haddish or Leslie Jones.
Women of color are creating, producing and hosting along with a number of other great things, and it’s time they get the recognition they deserve.
Keep an eye on the following hilarious ladies, as they are surely about to blow on the comedic scene. Here are 10 women of color in comedy to watch in 2018.
2 Dope Queens
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are ultimate best friend goals. Robinson, a comedian, writer and New York Times best-selling author of You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain), and Williams, a comedian, writer, actress and formerly the youngest Daily Show correspondent ever are making their mark on the industry. They went from creating the hilarious yet informative podcast 2 Dope Queens to taking it to HBO with their very own televised version of the show. With the common goal of creating a platform for people of color, the LGBTQ community and embracing Black culture, these women have just gotten started on their road to success.
The two recently opened for none other than Oprah Winfrey herself for her Super Soul Conversations at The Apollo special, which is set to air February 27 at 10 p.m. E.T. on OWN.