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Friends Like Us

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

Apr 20, 2022

Victor Varnado and Ankara Martinez visit friends and dicuss 420 party and how irefutable logic helps the pitch for profit. 

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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. Victor’s work as a showrunner and series creator has generated iconic firsts and cult hits like Comedy Central’s “The Awkward Comedy Show” a comedy concert film which helped introduce the world to Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress. Also, “Realm of LARP” a documentary series distributed by Nerdist/Legendary Pictures continues to be one of the most beloved productions delving into the world of live action role-playing.  In 2015 his pilot “Funny Cause It’s True” won in the Best Unscripted category in the New York Television Festival. Comics created by Victor have appeared in MAD Magazine and recently he has become a New Yorker Cartoonist. Victor’s writing work includes being a gag writer for the upcoming 2019 Orion Pictures Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery film “Bad Trip”, Marvel Comics, VICE, Salon and co-authoring a screenplay with comics legend Stan Lee. You may recognize him as a comedian and actor from appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Adult Swim and My Name is Earl – also playing supporting roles in films with Arnold Schwarzenegger (End of Days), Eddie Murphy (The Adventures of Pluto Nash), and Werner Herzog (Julien Donkey Boy).

Ankara Martinez is a New York based stand up comedian. You have seen her on stage at New York Comedy Club, Long Beach-Irvine-Dania Improv, Carolines on Broadway, The People’s Improv Theater, The Comic Strip Live, Stand Up New York, and Broadway Comedy Club. Ankara’s podcast "The Gone Girls", was part of New York Comedy Festival and Women in Comedy Festival, it includes sketches and cold reads with some of the funniest comedians in the country. Ankara is a long time house team member at The Peoples Improv Theater and part of ImprovFest 2018. Her podcast “dumdum podcast” is now available on Apple podcast, please follow her on instagram for upcoming shows @Laughkara 

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf