What we discovered final evening on the Chicago Humanities Fest

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  • Mindy Tucker
  • Phoebe robinson

Phoebe Robinson hadn’t deliberate on writing a second ebook so quickly. Its debut in 2016, You possibly can’t contact my hair, was a bestseller and a turning level in his profession. Shortly after her ebook took off, HBO shot Two drug queens, the podcast she co-hosts with Every day present alum Jessica Williams, in 4 levels. She starred within the Netflix film Ibiza and was just lately a author on Portlandiathe final season.

She had arrived. Identical to Donald Trump.

The 2016 election put the 34-year-old comic and actress into motion, culminating in her new ebook, All the pieces is trash, however all the pieces is okay. She learn excerpts at Thalia Corridor on Monday evening on the ultimate leg of her ebook tour. The hour-long occasion was partly uplifting, partly introspective and unabashedly actual, with Robinson sharing a real vulnerability.

“Whereas Jess and I had the primary podcast on the earth,” Robinson mentioned, “I used to be, like, horribly broke.” All these Portlandia checks? They went straight to paying off scholar loans.

Even in these “trashy moments,” Robinson turned to humor. Working example: An try and keep away from a debt collector virtually made him miss the decision of his life with Oprah, which resulted in a hilarious voicemail that Robinson shared on stage. The 2 girls just lately met and Robinson described a hug with Oprah “like Black Historical past Month by no means ends.”

On the finish of the evening, as Robinson answered questions from the gang, a girl was delivered to tears on the event of talking to him. Much like Oprah, Robinson rushed over to present her a hug, however in traditional Dope Queen trend, she turned the poignant second into comedy, crossing the stage on her abdomen for the hug.

“I simply wish to say that Oprah would not try this. She would not soiled her garments for anybody,” Robinson joked. “I am a Nordstrom Rack model of Oprah.”

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