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Friends Like Us

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

Oct 10, 2018

Martha Chaves Nicaraguan born, Martha began her life in Canada as a refugee, but is now thriving in Canadian Show business. She’s a seasoned comedian with 20 years of experience and has performed at Just For Laughs multiple times, as well as all the other major comedy festivals in Canada. She also received 2018 Best Stand-up Comic in Canada at the the Canadian Comedy Awards. She's a regular on CBC Radio's LOL, part of the cast of Because News, and The Debaters. Entertained Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Egale Identity Gala, which she emceed. 

Nelu Handa is an actor, comedian and writer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Trained extensively in Improv comedy, she is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory program, a Bob Curry Fellow, and has studied at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre and Upright Citizens Brigade. Nelu has performed on a variety of TV shows, including “Workin Moms”, “The Beaverton”, She’s a writer and performer on Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC/IFC), and the upcoming series Jann. Nelu is the creator, producer, and host of YAS KWEEN, a groundbreaking monthly night of comedy that showcases ethnic women. It's the first Thursday of every month. 

Hoodo Hersi is a Somali-Canadian comedian based in Toronto, but has performed her comedy across the US and Canada. She studied improv at Second City. She was recently featured on The Comedy Network's Homegrown Comics. TVO’s recent documentary, “Stand UP Toronto”, features Hersi as she shares her experience as a up-and-coming woman-of-color comic.  

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