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Friends Like Us

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

Oct 23, 2019

Robb Leigh Davis is a writer, producer, and director in New York City. As a playwright, his work has been featured in the Dixon Place HOT! Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. He was commissioned by Brooklyn College for two performance pieces, In The Eyes of God and Intolerable, and has performed original works at conferences across the country, as well as being a selected playwright for the Tectonic Theater Project's LGBT Theater Artists of Color Training Lab. He is the creator and host of the performance series, MEDITATION ON A THEME (, and the Co-host of the podcast Takin U Back, with comedienne Jenn Wehrung. Each episode revisits a calendar year, and all the pop culture insanity that ensued. As a director, he has overseen the one-woman shows, Seeing the Glass, with Jenn Wehrung, White America Hero, with Erica Bradshaw & One Who Succeeds, with Marina Franklin. He has worked extensively in the NYC public school system, creating and advising the development of arts-focused after school programs across the five boroughs, and previously served as the Director of Arts & Culture for the LGBT Center of NYC.

Von Decarlo is a New York based stand up comedian, and author of the book, Speak Fluent Man. She performed at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, JFL Present’s LOL Live, and is featured on Tru TV’s, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, and FOX’s daytime talkshow, the Jerry O Show. You can catch her in global ad campaigns and national commercials for GNC, Disney’s Aladdin, and Carnival Cruise Lines. She was featured as a talking head comedian on BET’s relationship based show, According To Him + Her, and CNN’s year end wrap up special, All the Best/All the Worst.  Von Decarlo was the first woman, and first comedian, to host her own show on Sirius XM NBA radio, which derived from her podcast, the Coach Von Podcast, in which she used sports to anchor into real life discussions about love, life, politics, and much more.  She is a graduate of the UCB improv program as well as a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The People’s Improv Theatre to a full crowd and rave reviews. You can find her performing stand up comedy at many premier venues throughout New York City.

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.