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Friends Like Us

A Podcast featuring women of color with different views on hot topics. 

Nov 6, 2019

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.