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Really Proud of the Latinx Comedy Pachanga’s Work in 2022 So Far!

Look at all these beautiful Latinx comics!

We’re Crushing It!

Really proud of all the work the Latinx Comedy Pachanga has done this year so far!

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

1). Launched a live version of our Latinx panel show, Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales – we spent a year developing this show on Twitch, so it was great to do it live at the Pack Theater

2). Completed a run of Ka-Blahm-O! shows at Catsby – this show found its voice by becoming a stand-up/solo showcase with just a bit of clown energy and pro wrestling spirit in its veins

3). Had our first Potluck of the year at the Glendale Room, and had a really great “You should’ve been there” time – this variety hour is our longest running show, so I’m glad we put it up

4). Met new and amazing Latinx comics who blew my mind with their talents, POVs, and energies – LA is bursting with so many funny Latinx comics!

5). Was reminded of the amazing talents in the Pachanga ensemble – people have stepped up as producers, performers, writers, and ambassadors, and I’m all for it! I can’t wait to see more of it!

6). We did shows at The Clubhouse, Pack Theater, The Glendale Room, and Thymele Arts*

*To my tocaya, I consider our Fernandx sets mini Pachanga shows!

7). We featured a bunch of Latinx comics from the huge umbrella that is Latinx, and we all supported and lifted each other up!

8). I want to repeat the last point: we showcased a bunch of Latinx talent – The Pachanga will always be about putting up Latinx voices front and center.

As long we keep doing that – and providing as many opportunities for Latinx artists as possible – we’re going to be amazing.

Thank you to all the artists who shared their talents with the Pachanga so far this year, and I’m grateful for your talents and contributions.

And thank you to the venues and audiences who made all this possible!

It’s true: if you build it, they will come.

We got more shows coming up, so stay tuned!

Also, props to Melissa Funes for all the artwork, promotion, social media, and just general amazing help!

#latinxcomedy #latinxcomedypachanga #writer #performer #producer #director #LA #community #packtheater #clubhouse #theglendaleroom #thymelearts

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We Created a New Improv From – Formaggedon Was a Success!

I’m So Happy We Created a New Improv Form: The Jeffrey!

We did it! We created a new improv form last night – The Jeffrey!

Not going to lie, this experiment went better than I expected.

Here’s how we created the form:

1). I didn’t tell anyone my method until all the players were on stage.

2). I then asked the audience for the name of an improv from they’ve never seen. Hence, the Jeffrey

3). I then revealed my method: I was going to ask the players and the audience for what rules and parameters were going to guide this new form.

And I got 5! (2 from the players and 3 from the audience).

Here are the rules of the Jeffrey:

– Every 3rd scene is a 2-person scene
– Every edit is a monologue
– Takes place reverse chronologically
– Clap to wipe
– Every player has the ability to call “Sing it” on another player in the show, 1x only

And you know what? We pulled it off!

Everyone stepped up and did their darndest to bring the Jeffrey to life!

What I really loved was that almost everyone had an individual moment where they shined while weaving in moments where the ensemble came together and did some big group scenes – it felt real theatrical!

I forget: improv is theater.

Thank you to Juanito Velasco, Jamie Dana, Josh Heimendinger, Jennifer Choy, Karla Varney, Mernoosh Kiani, and Robert Souders for going on this wild ride with me; to the amazing fans and community of the Improv Collective, and to Bridget Steiner for hooking it up with the stage time and encouraging far out shows like Formaggedon.

Are we going to do Formaggedon again? I don’t know, but at least we know we can pull it off!

Check out the Improv Collective every Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm for great improv.

Go out there and try some crazy stuff on stage!

The Rules.
Our amazing cast; thank you.

#improv #ocimprov #improvcollective #formaggedon #writer #creator #director #theater #producer #showrunner #bold #ozzyosborne

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The Improv Life: Show Up Emotionally

Going to show up emotionally more and more in 2022.

Hiding Into Myself

The Improv Life: Showing Up Emotionally

One of my biggest flaws as a human is that I like to hide.

I’ll show up physically in a space, but I won’t show up emotionally.

And I’m pretty sure that’s the result of a traumatic childhood where I was forced to be in abusive spaces with no escape.

When you grow up like that, you learn to check out mentally and be present physically in order to get through an experience.

So I learned how to retreat into myself at a young age. And I’m still pretty good at it to this day.

Now it’s different though: I’m a leader and an artist, and showing up emotionally is part of the job.

For the most part I do, but every now and then, I don’t.

It’s usually because I’m tired (there’s definitely a relationship with physical energy and emotional energy).

Or maybe I got some stuff from personal life that is affecting my performance in these roles.

I mean, it can be a lot of things. Whatever the reason, people notice when you don’t show up emotionally. And they’ll get concerned, and want to help you (if you’re lucky).

The problem is this: emotions are contagious. The emotions you broadcast will be reflected back to you, and then be amplified collectively, affecting the emotional energy of the whole.

And me? I’m a walking power plant of emotion. I’ve always been that way. When I’m happy, people dig that and want more of it. When I’m angry, people get concerned.

Being a big guy also means that I have a bigger emotional broadcast signal – other people can tell how I feel.

Even when I think I’m hiding, I’m not; my emotional signal breaks through, and people want to find out what’s up.

I mean, we’re human. We evolved to read each other’s emotions. So much of being a human is being able to read someone emotionally and respond in a way that fits what you want out of that situation.

So why am I writing this? I’m trying to be more consistent in how I show up emotionally in 2022.

How am I going to do that though!? How am I going to meet this goal?

Here’s what I’m going to do to show up emotionally in 2022!

1). I’m going to monitor my physical energy and health. I’m going to take care of my body and get rest so that I have the physical energy required to show up in a space emotionally.

2). I’m going to check in with myself before I enter a space, and make sure I don’t bring in weird energy into a space that is really unresolved tension from some other aspect of my life.

Side note: Chad Damiani is really great on this. When you do one of his Catsby Workshops, part of the warmup is reminding yourself to show up 100% to the workshop and leave whatever baggage from the outside world behind.

3). I’m going to remind myself of the role that I’m entering a space in, and what expectations are put on me in this role, and how I can best deliver them.

4). I’m going to breath more. I’m going to have moments throughout the day where I just relax and do nothing. Being busy isn’t the same as being productive.

5). I’m going to remind myself that emotional energy is reflected back. Whatever I give will return to me. I’m going to be positive as much as I can.

6). I’m going to stay away from haters, energy vampires, toxic people, and people who don’t treat me with respect.

7). I’m going to say more. I’m not going to hold back. I’m going to share what I believe if I think it can help someone, even if it’s myself being forced to articulate an idea.

8). I’m going to say “No” when I need to. I’ve learned that showing up as a half version of yourself is risky, and that you don’t want to leave someone disappointed when they expected all of you to show up.

9). I’m not going to take life for granted. I’m going to appreciate every opportunity that comes my way, and recognize that every moment is special while fleeting.

10). Finally, I’m going to remind myself that when I show up emotionally I open up myself to receive more than I put in. Mutual vulnerability can lead to amazing things, and I can’t be afraid to take the first step.

There’s probably more I can do, but this seems like a good start.

#improv #clown #leadership #emotions #showup #performance #artist #writer #teacher #coach #life #theater #director #eq #emotions #leadership #emotionalintelligence #growth #feelings

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I’m a Lucky Dude to Work with These Amazing Latinx Artists

Join Us Tonight at 8pm at the Ruby Theater at the Complex for Noche Buena: The Pachanga 3-Year Anniversary Sketch Show

Alright, y’all, it’s taken me a long time to become the person I am right now, and there’s still more things I have to learn and experience to grow even more.

I think growth comes from two places:

1. The experiences you seek out to challenge yourself and fill your gaps of knowledge and experience. And hell, sometimes those experiences seek you.

2. The people you encounter on the journey whose own unexpected humanity unlocks parts of yourself you did not know you had.

Well I’ve been lucky to have met a lot of amazing people on the journey, and I’ve been even luckier to have shared life changing experiences with these beautiful souls I could have never dreamed up in a thousand lifetimes.

When you combine these two things – challenging experiences + amazing people – there is no doubt you’re going to be changed for the better.

I’m real lucky to have met the wonderful members of the Latinx Comedy Pachanga. We’ve had a lot of adventures together, and they’ve helped me grow in ways I never imagined.

I’m just a lucky dude to work with this awesome crew of Latinx comedy and overall human beings.

Well we got a big show tonight at the Ruby Theater at the Complex at 8pm – Noche Buena: The Pachanga 3-Year Anniversary Sketch Show.

We built this show from scratch and proud of the work we’ve done! So join us tonight! I would love to see you there! Ticket link in bio.

#latinxcomedypachanga #nochebuena #latinxcomedy #LA #thingstodoinla #people #growth #journey #experience #gente #community

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The Improv Life: I Love LA

The Improv Life: I Love LA

LA has a magic to it that is hard to describe.

I started coming here to do improv, as the thousands before me, so many now being my friends.

I drive these streets and get inspired creatively.

I feel the history around me in LA’s weird angles. An American City grid on top of a Spanish City outline in what used to be Mexico and native land before that. If that’s not improv, I don’t know what that is.

The one advantage is I didn’t have to live here. I can take what I need from it and return to my fortress of decaying suburbia just beyond the Orange Curtain.

But even then, I don’t escape LA’s grip. From the Grapevine to end of the 405, it’s all just one huge quilt of urban development, with LA being the pulsating heart driving the constant progress and expansion. This is Megacity 2.

And you see LA’s cultural reach in TV as well. You watch a TV show and you notice that key creative leads got their training at UCB, Groundlings, Second City, Pack, and a bunch of other improv schools and communities with people cutting their teeth in the LA comedy scene.

Of all the places to find my life – to find myself – LA has become an integral part of my journey, past, present, and future.

Love you LA,

Fernando
Son of Juan and Alicia

#improv #la #losangeles #comedy #ucb #groundlings #packtheater #secondcity #djwaldie #holyland #essay #city #cityscape #megacity2 #immigrant #journey #border

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