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Friends Like Us

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

Mar 9, 2022

Laurie Kilmartin, Diandra Lyle and Meme Simpson visit Friends and talk about unqualified leaders, African Students in Ukraine, Co-parenting boundaries and more with host Marina Franklin.

Diandra Lyle is an American actress currently appearing in Disney Channel's Secrets of Sulphur Springs. She recently starred in Apple TV’s Beauty and the Baller, recurred on Paramount Network’s American Woman and on NCIS, and has had roles in Shameless, Bones, A24’s Moonbase 8 and General Hospital, among other shows. On the film front, she has appeared in Foster Boy, starring Matthew Modine and Always A Bridesmaid, among others.

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer, she was on staff for all ten years of CONAN on TBS, and has performed standup on CONAN, Late Late Show w/James Corden, and Comedy Central.  She was a Top 10 finalist on season 9 of Last Comic Standing,  and has been a guest on Marc Maron's WTF 3 times. Her first book, Shitty Mom, was a NY Times bestseller. Her Seeso (RIP) special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named Vulture 's Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016 and should be available on Amazon Prime soon. Her album Corset was released in Oct of 2021, available for purchase or stream.

MeMe Simpson is a writer, comedian, and producer who has performed at The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Comic Strip, and the Apollo Theater. She currently hosts Laugh Gas, a virtual comedy showcase. This June, she is headlining the Black Women In Comedy Laff Fest. 

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