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A podcast featuring women of color with different views on topics hosted by Marina Franklin.

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A podcast featuring women of color with different views on topics hosted by Marina Franklin.

iTunes Ratings

331 Ratings
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Dope. Pod. Real Talk. Nuff said.

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I love the podcast, would rate 5 stars but there’s too much background noise! Please fix!

iTunes Ratings

331 Ratings
Average Ratings
281
20
14
7
9

:D

By Eggie197 - Aug 22 2018
Read more
Dope. Pod. Real Talk. Nuff said.

Background noise

By yurigt - Mar 29 2018
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I love the podcast, would rate 5 stars but there’s too much background noise! Please fix!

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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FriendsLikeUs

Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Cancel Cancel Culture

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Yamaneika Saunders is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for her work as a panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show and lead roles on Oxygen’s Funny Girls and Comedy Central’s In Security. Yam has appeared on HBO’s Crashing, truTV’s Comedy Knockout and Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks, Comedy Central’s Broad City, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and This Is Not Happening. Yam has also been featured on TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, A&E’s Black and White, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and as a recurring correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Yamaneika has performed stand-up at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, The Half Hour on Comedy Central, and filmed a half-hour special as part of the comedy showcase The Degenerates for Netflix. She currently stars on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, VH1’s Talk 30 To Me, Bravo’s Kandi Koated Nights, and most recently as a writer and performer in the Jeff Ross Netflix original series Historical Roasts which premiered in May. You can listen to her weekly on her hit podcast Rantin and Ravin.

Jenny Saldana is a writer, actress, and stand-up comedian. She wrote, produced and starred in Happy Cancer Chick, a web series inspired by her own battle with breast cancer. She’s penned four plays, and had a principal role in The Dictator. Her video series, The Little Brown Girl Show can be found on Youtube and Facebook Live. Jenny also does advocacy work for young cancer survivors, who often face social or medical problems later in life, and often have trouble with insurance during their treatment.

Joyelle Nicole Johnson is a Brooklyn based stand up comedian, writer and actress.  She can be seen on the final season of HBO’s Crashing and is currently the warm up comic for Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act on Netflix.  Joyelle made her network TV debut last year on Late Night with Seth Meyers and most recently wrote for the final season of Broad City. She has performed on Comedy Central’s digital series Comics to Watch, Wyatt Cenac’s Night Train for Seeso, Laff Tracks for TruTV as well as being a panelist for Refinery 29/Facebook Watch’s After After Party and MTV News. Joyelle was selected for the 2018 FOX Comedy Showcase, was a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity Showcase and has performed at festivals like Sketchfest, Bonnaroo, The New York Comedy Festival and Bumbershoot. And while transitioning to the headliner that she is today she regularly features for Hannibal Buress and has opened for Dave Chappelle, Maria Bamford & Russell Peters. She also combines her dream of comedy and activism by touring with Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead’s Abortion Access Front.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf. 

Aug 21 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #2: Taco Emoji

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Dr. Christina Greer is a writer and professor of political science at Fordham University Lincoln Center, and was the 2018 McSilver Institute Fellow at NYU. She is the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, and has been published in several print outlets and academic journals. She is the featured educator in six Ted-Ed lessons, one of which, “Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College Explained,” has over two million views, as well as videos on Ida B Wells Barnett, James Baldwin, and Bayard Rustin. She is the host of The Aftermath and The Counter on ozy.com, and cohost of FAQ-NYC, a NYC centered podcast. She also makes appearances on MSNBC and NPR's WNYC.  

Pat Brown has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, Axis’s Gotham Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed BET‘s ComicView, and Two Dope Queens on HBO! Her Movie appearances include: TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, and the web series UNREQUITED. Pat has won both the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the She Devil Competition. She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Her critically acclaimed album “The Pat Brown Sex-Tape” has been described as “provocative and conceptual” by Laugh and is streaming on all platforms. 

Danielle Randle - Originally from Chicago and new intern to Friends Like Us! 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Nov 13 2019

2hr 2mins

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Rank #3: Be Kind New Year

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Africa Miranda is an author, actress, host, digital personality, and beautyprenuer who fuses her vast cultural encounters and uncommon creativity to bring the world her unique perspective.  She was the first brand ambassador to partner with international hair company Creme of Nature.  This opportunity afforded Africa several international campaigns as a model and actress plus partnerships with major brands such as Refinery29, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and Kia Motors America to name a few. Since then, she has written her first book titled Step Up, Step Out, and Shine in which she encourages individuals to tap into their higher selves. In addition, Africa landed a highly-coveted partnership with Facebook Watch in which she hosted and executively produced The Africa Miranda Show.  She has been featured in a myriad of popular media outlets such as Vanity Fair, iOne Digital, BUILD Series, XO Necole, Womensweardaily.com, Ebony.com, and Essence.com.  Africa’s global travels coupled with her 15-year beauty career as the face of major brands prompted her to bring the world Beauty by Africa Miranda.  This glamorous, yet affordable beauty lifestyle line was designed with the everyday woman in mind. Each product or “beauty souvenir” is inspired by a specific stop on Africa’s travel journey.  In just a short amount of time, Beauty by Africa Miranda has garnered the attention of many including features in Essence Magazine, Rollingout.com, Yahoo Style & Beauty, and BET.com.  Africa was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Montgomery, Alabama.  She graduated from Alabama State University.  

Nina Karoufeh is a Producer for various different platforms including Sirius XM, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid, and even Fox News. She also recently launched her very first children’s book called “I’m a Princess Too” available right now on Amazon. Nina has MC’ed events big and small from Charity Galas to Fashion Shows! You’ve recently seen her on the Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America w/ Bobby Flay" but you can watch her preform on stages all across America.

Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man. She performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live, and has been a featured comedian on Tru TV’s, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, the Jerry O Show on FOX, and CNN’s year end wrap up special, All the Best/All the Worst. She was the first woman, and first comedian, to host her own show on Sirius XM NBA radio, which derived from her podcast, the Coach Von Podcast, in which she used sports to anchor into real life discussions about love, life, politics, and much more. She is a graduate of the UCB improv program, as well as a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. You can catch her in global ad campaigns and national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines. 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Jan 01 2020

1hr 42mins

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Rank #4: Mental Health Checkup

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Prachi Gupta is a journalist based in New York City. According to Bill O'Reilly, she writes for morons, and Donald Trump says she's a "non-intelligent reporter." Her book about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is out now. She's interviewed Ivanka Trump on her paid leave policy proposal, interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama on her first solo trip to the Middle East, and traveled to Jordan to report on the refugee crisis. Her work has been covered by outlets like the Columbia Journalism Review, Vox.com, Adweek, and featured in a Channel 4 Documentary. Her essay “Stories About My Brother” has been nominated for a 2020 Writers Guild Award. Her essay Stories About my Brother in Jezebel has been nominated for a 2020 Writers Guild Award As Well as Longform top 10 pieces.

Judith Fiona Joseph, M.D., M.B.A, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with additional expertise in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Family Therapy, in New York City.  Dr. Judith helps people from all stages of development including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in a collaborative treatment to identify and achieve individual and family goals. Dr. Joseph is a clinical assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. She is a television consultant, career coach and a sport's therapist. You can see her regularly on the Dr. OZ show! 

Nimesh Patel is a comedian and writer based in New York City. Discovered in 2015 by Chris Rock, Nimesh later joined his writing team for 2016 Academy Awards. His other writing credits include the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Hasan Minhaj, Comedy KO, and Saturday Night Live. For his work on SNL, and particularly Weekend Update, Nimesh was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2018. He can be found performing at the Comedy Cellar and other clubs around NYC.

Aminah Imani is a stand-up comedian, host, and actor who can be seen nightly at reputable comedy clubs and venues in New York city. Aminah’s notable performance at her alma mater, Howard University's Homecoming Comedy Show paved the way for career highlights including; 2018 Carolines on Broadway March Madness Comedy competition, the DC Comedy Festival, Skankfest Comedy Festival, online content with Buzzfeed and television appearances on Viceland. Aminah currently produces the Wine Before Nine podcast and hosts a weekly comedy show in Brooklyn New York at the Knitting Factory.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Jan 08 2020

1hr 45mins

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Rank #5: Lean Back Ladies

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Robb Leigh Davis is a writer, producer, and director in New York City. As a playwright, his work has been featured in the Dixon Place HOT! Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. He was commissioned by Brooklyn College for two performance pieces, In The Eyes of God and Intolerable, and has performed original works at conferences across the country, as well as being a selected playwright for the Tectonic Theater Project's LGBT Theater Artists of Color Training Lab. He is the creator and host of the performance series, MEDITATION ON A THEME (www.meditationonatheme.com), and the Co-host of the podcast Takin U Back, with comedienne Jenn Wehrung. Each episode revisits a calendar year, and all the pop culture insanity that ensued. As a director, he has overseen the one-woman shows, Seeing the Glass, with Jenn Wehrung, White America Hero, with Erica Bradshaw & One Who Succeeds, with Marina Franklin. He has worked extensively in the NYC public school system, creating and advising the development of arts-focused after school programs across the five boroughs, and previously served as the Director of Arts & Culture for the LGBT Center of NYC.

Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man. She performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live, and is featured on Tru TV’s, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, and FOX’s daytime talkshow, the Jerry O Show. You can catch her in global ad campaigns and national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines. She was featured as a talking head comedian on BET’s relationship based show, According To Him + Her, and CNN’s year end wrap up special, All the Best/All the Worst.  Von Decarlo was the first woman, and first comedian, to host her own show on Sirius XM NBA radio, which derived from her podcast, the Coach Von Podcast, in which she used sports to anchor into real life discussions about love, life, politics, and much more.  She is a graduate of the UCB improv program as well as a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. You can find her performing stand up comedy at many premier venues throughout New York City.

Nonye Brown-West is a New York based Nigerian-American comedian working theaters, clubs, and colleges on the East Coast. Nonye has appeared on NPR's The Artery and SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning. Nonye has produced many shows including Will Smith at Harvard's American Repertory Theater and Gucci on Ave A in Manhattan. She has worked with Gina Yashere and Michael Ian Black. She has been featured in the Boston Globe as a Comic to Watch and in the New York Comedy Festival.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Oct 23 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #6: Gift Giving Friends

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Pat Brown has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HBO's Two Dope Queens and BET‘s ComicView, TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, and the web series UNREQUITED. Pat has won both the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the She Devil Competition. She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Her critically acclaimed album “The Pat Brown Sex-Tape” has been described as “provocative and conceptual” by Laugh and is streaming on all platforms. 

Jenny Saldana is a writer, actress, and stand-up comedian and a Breast Cancer Rock STAR and all around hotness. She wrote, produced and starred in Happy Cancer Chick, a web series inspired by her own battle with breast cancer. Her video series, The Little Brown Girl Show can be found on Youtube and Facebook Live. 

Danielle Randle - Originally from Chicago and intern to Friends Like Us! 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Dec 18 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #7: Reparations

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Laurie Kilmartin  is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN on TBS, and, as a stand-up comedian, has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.  Her first book, Shitty Mom, was a NY Times bestseller. Her Seeso special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named Vulture 's Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016. Her new book "Dead People Suck" was released by Rodale Press in Feb 2018, and is available in bookstores, or online on Amazon.

Nia Renee Hill is an actor/writer/producer/director who has been seen on Crashing on HBO, Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix and is a frequent guest on The Monday Morning Podcast. 

Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian, national speaker, and author. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Irby creates create child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops across America. For more than 9 years, Irby has hosted events and performed stand-up comedy at comedy clubs, colleges, and conferences. His clever social commentary and hilarious observations earned him one of nine coveted spots in the StandUp NBC national showcase held annually at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.  

Jun 26 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #8: A House Divided

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Irene Bremis features & headlines, nationwide. Her intrepidity leaves no stone unturned. Her unrestrained humor is a compilation of her Greek upbringing, satirizing topical, social & political issues, rants & intimate details about her personal life. She cohosts on Sirius w/ John Fugelsang, is a writer for Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack and hosts her own show “The Scuttlebutt,” which features emerging actors, comics & politicians.

Sherrod Small is a comedian, writer, producer, actor, radio host and all around performer; born and raised by his mother and two sisters in Brooklyn, NYC. He connects with audiences everywhere through his witty commentary, quick improvisation and his views on politics, culture and everyday life. Sherrod has appeared in numerous popular series and is one of the most recognizable talking heads in America. You've seen him all over VH1's "Best Week Ever" & "I Love..." Series, guest hosting on ABC's "Good Morning America" & NBC's "TODAY", & as a frequent guest on FOX's "Red Eye" as well as Travel Channel's "Men Vs Food" & "Street Cred". Most recently Sherrod starred in A&E's "Black & White" which he produced & created with fellow comedian Christian Finnegan as well as wrote & starred as 'Malcom' in Tyler Perry's "Are We There Yet?" Sherrod has also performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” wrote & performed on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and was featured in Jerry Seinfeld’s film “Comedian.” Sherrod is also one of the most popular Radio voices today. You can currently listen to Sherrod weekly on on his acclaimed "Racewars" podcast , He has also appeared as a guest on "Raw Dog," "Scott & Sid Morning Show," "Legion Of Skanks" & and on Sirius XM's "Opie Show. You can see Sherrod currently touring the country with 'The Comedians of Opie Radio' & 'Race Wars LIVE'. 

Mia Jackson has been a comedian since she graduated from the University of Georgia. She’s appeared on NickMom’s Night Out, Viceland, Inside Amy Schumer, and the movie Mother’s Day. She was a semi-finalist for NBC’s Last Comic Standing, voted Atlanta’s Creative Loafing’s Best Standup, and was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin- Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, and HBO's Crashing

Apr 17 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #9: To Be Racist Or Not To Be

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Dean Edwards is an actor and stand up comedian he is a former cast member of Saturday Night Live and MTV's Guy Code. He has a new podcast launching on the new podcast Network, the digital podcast Network titled The Dean Edwards Show. 

Mike Yard is an American stand-up comedian. Yard was a contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore for the duration of the series. Yard was previously the winner of Comedy Central's Get Up, Stand Up comedy competition. He has also appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and The Break with Michelle Wolf.

Wali Collins is a regular at all of the main stream Comedy clubs in the United States including New York City and Los Angeles. He even headlines and tours at Comedy clubs in Europe and Asia. Collins’ television credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC’, VH1, Comedy Central, Netflix, Hulu. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali performed his stand up on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. Quoted by GQ magazine “Wali’s true purpose becomes evident”. He also landed small roles in films like independent feature, "Submission", starring Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock's "Top Five". And in the "cult" classic, “Coyote Ugly”. Wali also is featured in the hit Netflix series, "The Get Down", Hulu's, "Difficult People". And the Oxygen Network series, "Crazy Love". He's also appeared in over 30 national and international television commercials.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Sep 25 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #10: Ms Pat Visits Friends Like Us

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Ms. Pat with a comedy career of over 13 years, this powerful woman brings an honest, in your face, and hilarious perspective to her shows. She has appeared on TV Guide Network’s “Standup in Stilettos”, and Nickelodeons “Mom’s Night Out”. She is a regular guest on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, and appeared on Katt Williams DVD “Kattpacalypse”.

She has become a Podcast celebrity with appearances on TalkinS hit with Eddie Ifft, WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience, Ari Shafir’s Skeptic Tank, The CrabFeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson, and Your Mom’s House with Christina Pazsitzky and Tom Segura, the Bertcast with Bert Kreischer, and now FriendsLikeUs.

In January of 2015, she appeared on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing." In July of 2016, Ms. Pat performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival appearing in Kevin Hart’s “LOL”, and Jeff Ross “Roast Battle” for Comedy Central.  In November she made her initial appearance on the syndicated show “Harry” with Harry Connick.

Her memoir Rabbit, published by Harper-Collins, was released in 2017. Ms. Pat currently resides with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.

Dante Nero His podcast “The Beige Philip Show, presents Man School”(“beige” was used as a reference to Dante’s complexion. It advocated credibility empathy and progressive self worth. He then renamed itin 2017 “Manschool 202” which exemplified an advanced instructional element expanding advice to women as well. In one year, ”Man School 202” was ranked number 15 on iTunes, emerging as a modern day “Dear Abby” with a constant and consistently growing listenership. Email questions flooded which forced Dante to create a phone consultation service. So if  you have a problem, call Dante or listen to Man School 202.

Pat Brown has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, Axis’s Gotham Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed and BET‘s ComicView, TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, and the web series UNREQUITED. Pat has won both the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the She Devil Competition. She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Her critically acclaimed album “The Pat Brown Sex-Tape” has been described as “provocative and conceptual” by Laugh and is streaming on all platforms. You can watch her on the new season of Two Dope Queens on HBO! Fun Fact: Pat was voted “most humorous” in high school.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin- Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, and HBO's Crashing

May 08 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #11: Self-Definition

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Natalie Brasington  is an advertising and entertainment portrait photographer, documentary film-maker and non-profit program developer based in New York City. In 2018 she found her production company, With & About projects (withandaboutprojects.com). Natalie discovered her passion for socially conscious storytelling while photographing and interviewing survivors of Hurricane Katrina during her time as a research assistant on a FEMA reform research project for NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Now, with over a decade of media-making behind her, she focuses her lens on human stories in both the commercial advertising and social justice worlds. Before photographing celebrities, entertainers, athletes, and CEO's for advertisements, national networks, and global brands, Natalie produced photo shoots world-renowned clients.  Uniquely equipped with both a media background, and non-profit training in youth trauma, creative workshop facilitation, interviewing techniques, and anti-oppression alignment, Natalie realized she could lend her varied expertise and insight to important causes in need of partnership. Natalie is currently partnered with the hip-hop social justice movement Legendary Cyphers (legendarycyphers.nyc), and with the organization InspirAction USA (inspiraction-usa.org) where she is working on developing a media-facing project to promote conscious living and food justice, by partnering with indigenous communities in the Amazon Rainforest. A lover of world travel, Natalie makes her home with her husband and their daughter in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.

Mellisa Diaz - Bronx-native comedian, actor, and rebel Melissa Diaz is featured regularly at Caroline’s on Broadway, has placed in Devil Cup and Laugh Your Asheville Off competitions, and appeared in the New York Comedy Festival. She has been named one of NYC’s Comics to Watch.

Pamela Villa is a first-generation Mexican-American and the Director of Development at BronxConnect. Pamela helped the organization win $1 million through the Communities Thrive Challenge, an award funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Rockefeller. Pam is committed to supporting the movement to disrupt the school-to-prison through community-driven alternatives to prison and jail. Fun fact – Pam loves the broadway soundtrack from Hamilton and once memorized the entire lyrics to My Shot (but don’t try to get her to do it cause she forgot it).

Always hosted by Marina Franklin- Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, and HBO's Crashing

Mar 06 2019

1hr 52mins

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Rank #12: Back To Where You Come From

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Stephen Calabria is a New York City-based podcast and live events producer. His next event is a debate on Reparations at the Comedy Cellar, scheduled for July 22: https://comedycellar.com/events/ugdebate_072219.html

Robb Leigh Davis is a writer, producer, and director in New York City. As a playwright, his work has been featured in the Dixon Place HOT! Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. He was commissioned by Brooklyn College for two performance pieces, In The Eyes of God and Intolerable, and has performed original works at conferences across the country, as well as being a selected playwright for the Tectonic Theater Project's LGBT Theater Artists of Color Training Lab.  He is the creator and host of the performance series, MEDITATION ON A THEME (www.meditationonatheme.com), and the Co-host of the podcast Takin U Back, with comedienne Jenn Wehrung. Each episode revisits a calendar year, and all the pop culture insanity that ensued. As a director, he has overseen the one-woman shows, Seeing the Glass, with Jenn Wehrung, White America Hero, with Erica Bradshaw & One Who Succeeds, with Marina Franklin. He has worked extensively in the NYC public school system, creating and advising the development of arts-focused after school programs across the five boroughs, and previously served as the Director of Arts & Culture for the LGBT Center of NYC.

Jenny Saldana is a writer, actress, and stand-up comedian. She wrote, produced and starred in Happy Cancer Chick, a web series inspired by her own battle with breast cancer. She’s penned four plays, and had a principal role in The Dictator. Her video series, The Little Brown Girl Show can be found on Youtube and Facebook Live. Jenny also does advocacy work for young cancer survivors, who often face social or medical problems later in life, and often have trouble with insurance during their treatment. 

Nonye Brown-West is a Nigerian-American comedian, producer, and writer working theaters, clubs and colleges on the East Coast.  She has been featured in the Boston Globe as a Comic to Watch and on Sway In The Morning live at Caroline's on Broadway as a part of the New York Comedy Festival. She was also a featured comedian in the 2019 Treefort Music Festival. You may have seen her recently on “Cittylin” on ABC Boston or you may have heard her on 90.9, Boston's NPR.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.  

Jul 17 2019

2hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Jackie Fabulous and Victor Varnado Visit Friends Like Us

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Victor Varnado is a producer, filmmaker, comedian, writer, and cartoonist.

He recently finished a stint as a producer for a spinoff series in VH1’s wildly successful Love and Hip Hop franchise, Leave it to Stevie starring Stevie J. He has also held senior producing positions for shows on networks including TruTV, Comedy Central, and The History Channel. His work also extends to journalistic video and branded content with clients like Associated Press, Spectrum News, and Conde Nast.

JACKIE FABULOUS, is a gut-busting, writer, producer, speaker, and headlining comedian who uses comedy to simultaneously entertain, encourage and empower audiences. Having survived her fair share of loves, tragedies, lessons and embarrassing moments, Jackie channels all of that energy into hilarious sets and inspiring keynotes. More than just a funny lady, she is on a mission to inspire and empower women all over the world to Find The Funny In Their Flaws.

When Jackie is not on tour, you will find her giving amazing keynote speeches and breakout sessions at corporate events and conferences or as a contestant on season 14 of America’s Got Talent. A lawyer in her past life, she understands the plight of the working woman. Her signature talks and upcoming book within her hilarious “Find Your Fabulous” series will leave audiences feeling encouraged, uplifted, and inspired to conquer the ups and downs of life and work. Her diverse style of comedy has allowed her to work with comedy legends like Roseanne Barr and Wanda Sykes and on the OWN Network, NBC, CBS, and FOX to name a few. Be sure to watch her on America’s Got Talent!

Danielle Randle - Originally from Chicago and intern to Friends Like Us! 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Nov 27 2019

1hr 55mins

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Rank #14: Fashion Guru Carlton Spence Visits Friends

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Carlton Spence is a Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Adjunct Professor at LIM College. He has recently helped rejuvenate Grammy Award nominated gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds. Spence continues to capture the attention of celebrities, executives and contemporaries with his brand of “classic avant-garde” style on stage, television and red carpets.  Whether it is in the classroom, the boardroom or the red carpet, no look he creates is ever the same. His versatility as a fashion guru is what makes him unique.   Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man. She performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live, and has been a featured comedian on Tru TV’s, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, the Jerry O Show on FOX, and CNN’s year end wrap up special, All the Best/All the Worst. She was the first woman, and first comedian, to host her own show on Sirius XM NBA radio, which derived from her podcast, the Coach Von Podcast, in which she used sports to anchor into real life discussions about love, life, politics, and much more. She is a graduate of the UCB improv program, as well as a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. You can catch her in global ad campaigns and national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines.   Pat Brown has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, Axis’s Gotham Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed and BET‘s ComicView, TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, and the web series UNREQUITED. Pat has won both the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the She Devil Competition. She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Her critically acclaimed album “The Pat Brown Sex-Tape” has been described as “provocative and conceptual” by Laugh and is streaming on all platforms. You can watch her on the new season of Two Dope Queens on HBO!   Danielle Randle - Originally from Chicago and intern to Friends Like Us! 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.

Nov 20 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #15: Chicken Happy

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Suzette Simon is the founder of NYLaughs (NYL), a 501(c)3 performing arts nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of New Yorkers through laughter and deepening an appreciation of stand up comedy as a unique NY cultural asset by producing free comedy programming in public spaces.     For the past 13 years, NYL has offered live comedy performances to diverse audiences in welcoming, accessible public spaces to target populations that might not otherwise have access to or experience with premier live artistic comedic entertainment.  It's signature summer series, "Laughter in the Park," is the only program of its kind and NYL estimates having entertained over 25,000 New Yorkers and visitors.  Each year it creates a vital space for residents to come together using comedy to explore the most critical issues of our city and times. Connecting through comedy improves the mental and physical health of New Yorkers and acts as a community-building opportunity for those who need it most while also encouraging comedy's next generation and providing greater opportunities for comedic artists to grow their audiences and influence.     Kenice Mobley is a comedian who performs stand up around the country and has participated in the Women in Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She also appeared on Laughs on FOX and SiriusXM. She hosts Love About Town, an interview and relationship podcast available as part of the Women In Comedy Podcast Network and the Brain Machine Network. Kenice produces The Lab: An Very Black Experimental Comedy Show, The Pasta Show, and Nothing Important Stand Up in Brooklyn.

Pat Brown has been seen on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, Axis’s Gotham Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed and BET‘s ComicView, TVOne’s made for TV movie-WHITE WATER, the independent film SOMEBODIES, and the web series UNREQUITED. Pat has won both the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the She Devil Competition. She has been featured in Time Out Magazine, After-Ellen, Splitsider and Punchline Magazine. Her critically acclaimed album “The Pat Brown Sex-Tape” has been described as “provocative and conceptual” by Laugh and is streaming on all platforms. You can watch her on the new season of Two Dope Queens on HBO!

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf. 

Sep 04 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #16: White Man's Crisis

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Lipi Roy MD is nationally recognized as an influencer in the field of addiction. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Roy previously served as the first Chief of Addiction Medicine at NYC jails including Rikers Island where she coordinated substance use treatment and recovery efforts at the nation’s second-largest jail. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston's vulnerable homeless population. She was also an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical degree and Master’s in Public Health degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, followed by residency training at Duke University Medical Center. She has served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon.When Dr. Roy isn’t seeing patients, teaching or speaking, she can be found cooking and baking, watching movies and standup comedy, cardio-kickboxing and traveling. Dr. Roy can be reached on her website, www.LipiRoyMD.com, her FB page, SpicesforLifeMD, or Twitter/IG @lipiroy.

Kerry Coddett is a New York-based stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. Touted as “inimitable” by The Huffington Post and as “a rising star” by the Interrobang, she has also been featured in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Mic.com, Elite Daily, Splitsider, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, and Salon.. Kerry was a staff writer on Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, which was produced by John Oliver and aired on HBO. She’ll appear on E!’s  Funny Dance Show, which debuts this year and she hosts her own podcast , On the Chopping Block. Kerry has appeared on season 2 of HBO’s Crashing, TruTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,and has made appearances on BET's The Rundown with Robin Thede and performed stand up on 50 Central. She was the most frequent guest panelist on Comedy Central'sThe NightlyShow with Larry Wilmore, a reoccurring cast member on MTV’s Joking Off and she’s also appeared on TruTV’s Comedy Knockout, Huffington Post Live, and Essence Live.  In 2017, Kerry was crowned the winner of the Caroline’s on Broadway Comedy Madness Competition. Beating out 63 comedians, she was also the first woman to win! Kerry has performed stand up at the New York Comedy Festival, The Women In Comedy Festival, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. She has also been a guest co-host on The Young Turks,and she co-hosted Wake Up! w/ Taylor (Sirius XM) multiple times.

Mia Jackson is Georgia native, now living in New York. To her credit, Creative Loafing in Atlanta listed her as one of their “20 People to Watch” for 2016 and in 2017 they named her the Critic’s Choice Best Stand Up Comedian in Atlanta. She spent the last year on tour with Amy Schumer and filmed her half hour comedy special for Comedy Central in New Orleans, which is set to air in Fall 2019.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - Single Black Female Hour Special, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf. 

Aug 07 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #17: The Gone Girls visit Friends Like Us

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Ankara Savone has been entertaining people with her quick wit and charismatic personality her entire life. In 2006 she attended the New York Film Academy for the 1 year intensive acting program. While studying at New York Film Academy, she was pulled into a comedic direction and began studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), studying improvisation. Through her desire to become a diverse performer and comedian, in 2014 Ankara made her stand up debut at the Broadway Comedy Club and since has performed at some of the top clubs in New York City such as the New York Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, and Caroline's on Broadway. In 2016 Ankara started a weekly podcast, "The Gone Girls", interviewing people from all walks of life which includes a cold read sketch segment. In 2017 "The Gone Girls" performed their first live show at Carolines on Broadway to a sold out audience of more than 300 people. She continued studying improvisation at the Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in 2017 and is a member of two independent improv teams "Homeroom" and "The Jayne's", which were both accepted into 2018 ImprovFest. In 2019, she became a member of the house team, 6 foot baby; which performs weekly at The Pit. She is constantly creating fresh and unique content through various online outlets and comedic web series, which reaches hundreds of thousands of views. Ankara is a comedian by its purest form whether it's improv, stand up, podcasting, or creating original content; and continues to work with fellow performers who want to create laughter together.

Shauna Lane is a New York City actress and comedian known for her appearances on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, MTV, Sirius XM and cohost of The Gone Girls podcast (Available for free on iTunes). A student of the legendary Wynn Handman, Shauna is a disciplined, stand out live performer who not only appears nightly at NYC's top venues but has graced the stage at the New York Comedy Festival, The 10,000 Laughs Festival in Minneapolis and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.   She has a regular show We Share A Void at New York Comedy Club in Gramercy featuring seasoned comics as well as rising young stars. Shauna is currently in the feature film Creedmoria now playing on Netflix.

Nonye Brown-West is a New York based Nigerian-American comedian working theaters, clubs, and colleges on the East Coast. Nonye has appeared on NPR's The Artery and SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning. Nonye has produced many shows including Will Smith at Harvard's American Repertory Theater and Gucci on Ave A in Manhattan. She has worked with Gina Yashere and Michael Ian Black. She has been featured in the Boston Globe as a Comic to Watch and in the New York Comedy Festival.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female, Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf. 

Nov 06 2019

1hr 55mins

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