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Friends Like Us

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

Jun 13, 2018

Alok Vad-Menon ALOK (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy, and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO’S The Trans List, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and has presented their work at 300 venues in more than 30 countries. In 2017 they released a book of poems titles FEMME IN PUBLIC.

Charla Lauriston Charla Lauriston is a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian and television writer. Hailing from New York by way of Boston by way of Haiti, Charla has written for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Comedy Central’s Why? W/ Hannibal Buress, TBS’ People of Earth, and FOX’s Ghosted. She's appeared on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and was listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine. And she’s returned back to Friend after last week’s Golden episode – she so good.

Calise Hawkins - She has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Gotham Live, Nickmom Nite Out, she has written for MTV series Totally Clueless and Girl Code, Comedy Central’s @midnight, Charlemagne’s Uncommon Sense, Hood Adjacent with James Davis, and was a funny girl in Oxygen’s Funny Girls. She has also just become a consultant on Aisha Tyler’s “Unapologetic. I’m nothing without my Calise!

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