Latinx Panel Show This Sunday, May 22 at the Pack Theater

Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales Goes Live This Sunday, May 22 at 10pm.

Latinx Like to Talk

I grew up in a family of chatterboxes – everyone was always talking all the time about whatever.

I don’t know why it’s like that, but I have my theories.

– We live in large, intergenerational homes, so there’s just a lot of people living under one roof

– There wasn’t as many things competing for our attention nowadays as there used to be. And I’m talking pre-TV and radio. Or maybe you had one over the other

– There’s a rich history of oral history because the spoken word is an easy and proven way to keep our family stories alive

– Also, we’re a bunch of chismosos who like to talk shit about each other!

And that’s what we’re going to do this Sunday, May 22 at the Pack Theater at 10pm for Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales!

This is our Latinx Panel Show where we get a group of our favorite Latinx comedians and play trivia games – it’s a lot of fun!

We’re going to have

Diosa
Patrick Lopez
Burrito Lady Pam
Marquez

And hosted by the amazing Andy Lomeli and Joe Felix!

Join us!

#latinxwriter #latinxcomedy #latinxcomedypachanga #npr #waitwaitdonttellme #packtheater #standup #sketch #improv

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Another Amazing LA Improv Summit! EP.6 Was a Success!

Teams represented: Menudo, The Tango, Downtown Menagerie, The Story Goes, Ka-Blahm-O!, The Improv Council, and FernGully

So Much Freaking Talent

Well, we had another successful LA Improv Summit!

This was such a fun show!

Here are my takeaways!

– I’m loving musical improv; it’s so fun to just go out there and sing a made up song on the spot!

– I’m so lucky to have Kristen Gull go on that journey with me. We had some great songs, always being in connection with each other and being affected by the other. I can’t wait to do FernGully again!

– And big thanks to Barton Lewis for playing music for us! He brought a great energy to the show, and his presence and contributions were welcomed!

– The Tango has a really coo, grounded and patient style with lots of listening and calling out stuff and layering of facts to build a world. I dig their stuff!

– Downtown Menagerie put up a loving homage to Chinatown and other classic film noirs. They play with a certain rhythm, always keeping you engaged and playing with steam to take the story where it needs to go in due time.

– Menudo! Such a fun group! You could tell they really love each other because they play with a freedom you can only achieve from having a strong bond built on trust and liking being around each other.

– The Story Goes is amazing! Everyone needs to see them! I felt like I was watching a traveling theater company that goes from town to town bringing the magic of acting and writing to the masses.

– Ka-Blahm-O! Frankie Estrella, man, dude turns up to an 11 every show. He’s leader guitar and vocals and I’m bass and drums, and somehow it all works!

– Finally, The Improv Council was very special last night as everyone who played last night were people I’m on teams with either officially or unofficially. It was cool to share the stage with people I love and respect.

Damn, that was a lot! Long story short – go book all these teams and players; they all rock and deserve to be seen by everyone!

Next LA Improv Summit is going to be Saturday, June 11! Stay tuned for the lineup!

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The Debut of Ferngully!

Such an amazing time at the Coup de Comedy Festival at UCI!

Ferngully is Alive!

Well Ferngully had our first show at the Variety Pack!

Reed Brice and his team, Luna and Andra, along with the Coup de Comedy production team put up a great show!

And guess what, y’all – Ferngully is a 2-person musical team!

It was a “stars aligning” kinda moment with the last minute surprise of Greg Smith, a really cool UCI student, as our accompaniest.

We made up some really fun songs on the spot including Macho Man meditations on toasters and the necessity of trapping cats and neutering them before releasing – we stumbled upon a style! Such a fun set!

And the rest of the show was amazing!

Lizard Brain, Luna, and Andra had some great bits throughout, and trans icon Tuesday Thomas had a really fun set! Go check her out! Finally, Reed Brice has a beautiful voice – bravo!

The Coup de Comedy Festival is live for two more days at UCI, and all of it’s free – go check out their remaining workshops, panels and shows!

Plus, stay tuned for the return of Ferngully!

#thevarietypack #ferngully #tuesdaythomas #improv #sketch #standup #comedy #coupdecomedyfestival #UCI #theater #packtheater


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Nick & Val’s Wedding – A Memory I Will Hold Onto Forever

I love these people.

A Snow Globe of a Weekend

Our beautiful Val got married this weekend. I teared up so much when I saw Val walk down the aisle – it felt like watching my sister get married. The fact that I got to share this magical moment with Moonshot only makes this fragment in time all that more special. I’m going to hold onto this snow globe of a weekend for the rest of my life. Love is real, y’all. Nick and Val showed me that this weekend.  God bless you Nick and Val. May your love and example inspire us all, as you both always have.

#moonshot #nickandvalswedding #improv #sketch #theater #packtheater #love

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I Just Did 5 Shows in 3 Days!

Reading poems at Gatsby Books in Long Beach, CA.

5 Shows in 3 Days!

I just did 5 shows in 3 days!

3 poetry shows (first time I’ve ever done that!)

1 improv show

1 Latinx panel show

Plus, I went to a Latinx Writers Meetup from La Lista Podcast and I bumped into a long lost comedy friend, Rafael, showrunner of the Sin Vervuenca Spanish Standup Show.

Here’s what I learned!

1. Poetry is forever

2. I’m grateful to CLI (Community Literature Initiative) for showing me that

3. You should share your poetry because you never know how it’s going to help someone, including inspiring them to write their own.

4. A poet’s job is to articulate shared universal pain by writing about their specific experiences

5. A space derives its power from its community

6. Like a spirit animating a body, a community breathes life into a space.

7. Poetry has to be read out loud, so I’m going to put up more poetry shows

8. La Lista Podcast has built a strong community of Latinx writers, and I’m grateful to Rubén Mendive for a creating a space for all of us to meet

9. It’s really cool to be part of an ensemble finding its style and voice.

10. I’m grateful for being on Nuisance and creating with them.

11. We had a really fun, bonkers practice, and I think bonkers is the sweet spot for my improv. We had a great show too.

12. Ryan Hitchcock is a good Improv coach. I highly recommend y’all hire him for your improv groups.

13. My long lost bud, Rafael, is a hella funny standup and showrunner. Good to see you, dude!

14. I’m really grateful for Joe Felix. He’s really grown as a co-producer for Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales. Dude is becoming a leader.

15. Andy Lomeli is a leading man, y’all. Dude has gravitas and then some.

16. Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales is coming along. I believe in this show.

17. Also, Menudo is so funny! Book them for your shows!

18. I will always love Richard Aaron, co-founder of the Latinx Comedy Pachanga.

19. Don’t be afraid to put your work out into the universe. You never know how it’s going to change someone, including yourself.

#poetry #bookman #taocomedystudio #gatsbybooks #packtheater #writer #producer #showrunner #improv #dazedandconfusedpoetryclub #cli #nuisance #latinxcomedypachanga #lalistapodcast

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