Comedy Crush: Phoebe Robinson Loves Comedy, Captain Planet, Turkey Jerky

Phoebe Robison is a “comic, writer, and connoisseur of all things brignorant.” (That’s a combination of brilliant and ignorant). Phoebe has appeared on Last Comic Standing, Broad City, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She also created the growing venture of Blaria which includes a podcast you should check out.


Thus far, what has been your weirdest woman on the street moment?

I would say when I was doing a segment for a Fuse late night show that I wrote on (we’re currently on hiatus) called White Guy Talk Show. I’m doing a man on the street segment for March Madness in which I’m trying to get people who are about to head into Madison Square Garden to take giant signs (photo of the host’s dog) into the arena as a way to distract teams while they are shooting free throws and also to get us some free publicity. For those who don’t live in NYC, MSG and Penn Station are super crowded and quasi-depressing because there are a lot of homeless and mentally unstable people walking around. So I’m doing silly banter mere feet away from homeless people so that felt very strange and intense that people of vastly different worlds are on the same sidewalk.

What’s your best off stage memory from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival?

Hands down would have to be when Jessica Williams (of Daily Show fame) and I took Blaria LIVE! on the road for the first time. I started the blog three years ago, the podcast two and a half years ago, and the live stand up show a year and a half ago. So to start from where no one knew what the hell this thing was to being able to sell out a show at my favorite comedy festival was really fantastic. Portland is a great city and the audiences are so ride or die for comedy. It’s really great to perform there.

Do you eat beef jerky and how do you feel about it?

Haha. I eat turkey jerky and I feel great about it. I do really want to be vegan one day; I just don’t have the discipline because I love things like turkey jerky, but one day, I’ll make that leap.

What is the cartoon you would most like to see a live action version of?

Hmm, that’s a good question. Perhaps Captain Planet because I used to love the mess out of that show as a kid. Would be cool to see it done with actors.

In your mind, what’s the perfect ending to Mad Men?

IDK! I’ve only seen the 1st episode. So I guess, Don dying? And I’m saying that purely because of the opening credits of the man falling. Also, it’s satisfying when tragic characters die.

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As you probably know by now, comedy and women are about the extent of my interests. So why not combine these two things? Comedy Crush highlights queer and/or of color writers/comedians/performers but sometimes I make an exception because I do what I want.

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Brittani Nichols is a Los Angeles based comedy person. When she's not tweeting about white people or watching television, she's probably eating pizza. Actually, she's probably doing all three of those things concurrently and when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping. Brittani also went to Yale and feels weird about mentioning it but wants you to know.

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  1. Phoebe Robinson and Blaria live are amazing! They introduced me to Naomi Ekperigin who is equally crushable and harlious

  2. Wanted to share one of my fav “brignorant” moments of my life.
    The year is 1999. It’s 1:00am in a Midwest diner. My friends and I are stopping there during a road trip. A group of very drunk young men are openly trying to figure out if we are all homos, but not 100% so they go back to racism and loudly say, “Looks like we got ourselves a regular Gook Johnson!” It took our table a couple of seconds to figure out their insult but when we did we had the biggest laugh. My friend Choua was an Asian sitting with three white people.

  3. I’ve seen Phoebe host stand up a couple times; she has a real presence and is hilarious even when there’s nothing prepared. (One time the bit was just listing the members of U2 by hotness.) Cool to see her on here.

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