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Friends Like Us

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

Jan 12, 2022

Rob Kirkland visits friends and discuss his roles on ’Yellowstone’ and ’Mayor of Kingstown’ with Zainab Johnson, Nonye-Brown West and host Marina Franklin.

Robert Kirkland is an actor, author, and award winning film-maker. He is best known for his roles on Criminal Minds as Doug Fuller and the current season of Paramount Network’s mega-hit series Yellowstone as the no-nonsense ‘Bill Ramsey’. He also recurs opposite Jeremy Renner as ‘Police Captain Walter’ in the Paramount drama series Mayor Of Kingstown which follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Rob has also won writing and producing awards from the New York Ind. Film Fest. for his work on the film F8.

Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer is being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. In 2019, Zainab was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. Recently, she was one of the hosts for Netflix's new show "100 Humans". You can also catch her as Aleesha on the new comedy series "Upload" on Amazon Prime. Zainab made her first late night stand up appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has also had appearances on HBO’s All Def Comedy and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Zainab is a regular at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and Improv Comedy Clubs in LA and the Comedy Cellar in NY, and has performed in the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy and returned numerous times since.

Nonye Brown-West is a New York-based Nigerian-American comedian and writer. She has been featured in the Boston Globe's Rise column as a Comic to Watch, as well as in NPR, PBS, ABC, Sway In The Morning, and the New York Comedy Festival. In 2019, Nonye made her acting debut in The Sympathy Card. Look out for her two new web series, Fairytales with Nonye and Gayby Jesus.

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.