Pheobe Robinson gets comically outspoken in new book
Phoebe Robinson has a lot of thoughts. With his latest book, Please don’t sit on my bed in your outerwear, a hilarious compilation of essays and advice, the comedian, actress and former co-host of the incredibly popular stand-up and storytelling podcast 2 Dope Queens is going to make you think a little differently and more deeply, all while cracking up same time.
Whether it’s parenting quirks, personal neuroses, letting your guard down with your mate, or traveling in black, Robinson has a hilarious personal anecdote, with pop culture references in layers and multiple annotations to clarify, to break everything down and provide the greatest welcome point.
Although his essays were largely inspired by quarantine and pandemic life, Robinson didn’t want his stories to be so intrinsically linked to the virus and all of its effects.
“I didn’t want this to be linked so strongly to COVID because we are all going through it,” she said of her book. “We don’t need piecemeal, play by play while we’re still at it.”
While she ignores most of the messy details, heightened anxiety, and government drama of the early days of the pandemic (aside from a hilarious description of the tired attitude of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the daily press briefings), she delves deep into the tiny, pertinent details about the joys and trials of life in quarantine. Whether it’s cooperating with bae or just oneself when there is literally no ‘outside world’ to escape to, or examining the nuances of the sudden push towards’ the alliance ”when the Black Lives Matter movement achieved such intense focus after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“I just had a lot of time to think – whether it was a performative alliance, or figuring out my relationship to self-care and how I got into therapy, how I got a life coach. and all that stuff – being on the inside makes me, I kind of analyze my life and I re-prioritize things.
And his analysis covers a wide range of topics. In the test Self-care is not a candle and therapy is not a notebook: how we do the most and the least at the same time, she examines the gaps in access to mental health care and how “self-care” has shifted from an act of revolution to a marketed commodity while detailing its own journey to therapy. In Guide to being a boss of someone who has built a mini empire in the past two years and mattersRobinson tackles his own journey from freelance to aspiring mogul and provides advice to other black business owners.
In fact, Robinson made his business amplify the voices of others and tell stories from an under-represented point of view. She recently launched her own publishing brand, Tiny Reparations, focused solely on distributing works by early authors, BIPOC, and members of the LGBTQIA + community. People who, like Robinson to begin with, are often told “no” by publishers because of the assumption that books by new, non-white authors don’t sell.
“I knew how difficult it was when I bought my first book in 2015,” she recalls. “I just didn’t want my imprint to be a place where women, people of color, and people from the queer community would simply be rejected based on what they look like or what they identify with.”
She now has 11 titles on the slate, with her own book first on her list. Every other writer is a first-time author with a compelling story to tell, and Robinson positively illuminates while detailing the plots of their culturally informed early novels.
Now, principally out of quarantine (“Even though people are out on the streets, I still think ‘I’ll see you, maybe in 2022′”, she muses), her new book came out today, her imprint is set to release three new titles through the spring, and with a special HBO Max stand-up just announced, Phoebe Robinson: Sorry, Harriet Tubman premiering on October 14, Phoebe has plenty to be excited about.
The very first comedy special to be taped at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Robinson’s stand-up features jokes about her relationship, moving in with her boyfriend, her close encounter with Michelle Obama, her father’s whims, and even repairs.
“It really covers a whole range of personal stories and also looks a bit outward,” she says of her special. “I had a lot of fun recording it and can’t wait for people to see it.”
“I think this notion that there is only one right way to be a woman, to be a black woman, to exist in society, I don’t think that has been beneficial for many. of people.”
“At the end of the day, life is very short and you really have to live it the way that works best for you,” she says of her book’s message. “I really feel like I want people to walk away from the book and feel empowered to make choices in their lives and not have to feel guilty.”