The New York Times live conversation and performance series, TimesTalk, pairs journalists with creatives in film and theater, art, music, literature, innovation, and fashion. This year, TimesTalk will celebrate its 20th anniversary. through a conversation with the hosts of the weekly podcast and HBO show, 2 Dope Queens, comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.  The conversation will be moderated by The New York Times gender editor Jessica Bennett.

TimesTalk will take place July 23 at TheTimesCenter and will be live streamed on, the TimesTalks YouTube channel and Facebook page starting at 7 pm EST.

2 Dope Queens podcast was launched in 2016and is a weekly stand-up and storytelling podcast in which the comedic duo discuss sex, romance, race, hair, New York and Billy Joel with their friends and favorite comedians.  The duo Williams and Robinson recently starred in their own HBO special series named after the famed podcast, 2 Dope Queens.

In addition to 2 Dope Queens, Williams is also known for her work as a senior correspondent at The Daily Show and more recently, her acclaimed turn in the Netflix comedy The Incredible Jessica James.

Robinson is a is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress who has appeared in several television shows such as NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Call with Carson Daly, ConanBroad CityThe Nightly Show with Larry WilmoreTotally Biased with W. Kamau BellBig Morning Buzz Live@midnight with Chris Hardwick and more.  She starred in a recurring role on Jill Soloway’s latest Amazon series I Love Dick.  In addition to her numerous television credits, Robinson created and starred in Refinery29’s web series Woke Bae and is currently developing a new series for Amazon with writer Amy Aniobi (Insecure) and Jill Soloway (Transparent) titled Homecoming Queen.