Fire Improv Night at The Glendale Room This Thursday October 20th at 8:30pm!

It’s Going To Be Lit at The Glendale Room on Thursday, October 20th

I got a fire show this Thursday at the Glendale Room at 8:30pm!

So many premiers! It feels like the first issue of a brand new comic book that’s going to have a good run!

First off, the premier of Fjord! What is Fjord? Fjord is my new 2-man comedy team with Eli Magers of Gold Baby! We’ll be hosting the night and getting up to other antics!

Then we’re going to have the all mighty lineup of Belligerent! Nika Mabson, Paulina Nguyen, Alana Carithers, and Steph Glass are some pretty funny ladies, so you know they’re going to tear the house down!

Then I’m going to premier my new duo prov set, Fernando & Friend. Fernando (me) plays with a friend (possibly you). I got the great Matt Moeller playing with me – it’s going to be fun!

Finally, we got the debut of a new team featuring Rich Sohn (The Annoyance Theater, Second City, Pack Theater); Nika Mabson (Certified Zoomba Instructor); Fernando A. Funes (Me, Tonkatsu eater) and a friend (possibly you) – this team is called Hot Girl Pool Party!

I got a good feeling about this show!!! So join us at 8:30pm at the Glendale Room! This show is free with a suggested donation of $5 – be there!

#improv #glendale #glendaleroom #thingstodoinla #losangeles #comedy #bits #antics #fjord #belligerent #hotgirlpoolparty #fernandoandfriend

Shows, Teams, Theaters & Spaces

How The Latinx Comedy Pachanga Taught Me to Put a Show Together

It’s a Late Friday Night

Just put the show order together for next Friday’s Latinx Heritage Show at the Ledge Theater at 8pm!

It’s been a while since I’ve curated a variety show, so I had to sit with every piece and performer to see what would be the best lineup possible.

You want to set up everyone for success. And you do that by keeping in mind how every piece is fun in its own way and how it will be affected by the previous piece and how it can possibly affect what follows next in the show.

I mean there’s more than that – putting a show together is an art form they don’t teach you in comedy schools (unless you’re on a house sketch team or you took Mike Upchurch’s old sketch level 3 class at the Pack).

But it’s funny because learning how to curate a variety show relates back to the Latinx Comedy Pachanga.

We started the Latinx Comedy Pachanga to create stage time and opportunities for Latinx comedians. In starting this project, I’ve learned a million things.

So putting a show together is just one of many skills I now possess had I not taken the risk along with Richard Aaron, my sister, and a great ensemble of America’s funniest Latinos to put up a Latinx sketch show in LA.

And you know what? There’s still more to learn. Not just about comedy, but about producing, recruiting, collaborating, leading, encouraging artists, and just a lot of stuff.

I’m really proud of the Latinx Comedy Pachanga and all the work we’ve done. I think y’all are really going to enjoy our Latinx Heritage Month show next Friday at the Ledge Theater, so please join us!

The Ledge is a new theater started by Shaun Landry to showcase diverse voices front and center, and I’m super honoured to bring our show there.

So be there!

#latinxcomedypachanga #latinxheritagemonth #theledge

Events, Shows

I’m Hosting the Latinx Quiz Show!

Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales is Live This Sunday Aug.28th at the Pack Theater

Alright, y’all, for the first time ever I’m hosting Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales – the Latinx Quiz Show!

And I’ll be supported by Joe Felix as my announcer!

We got some hilarious Latinx comics and thought provoking writers:

Marcelina Chavira – the woman of a thousand faces and writer on Super Giant Robots on Netflix!

Rubén Mendive – the host and producer of La Lista podcast, a popular and vital show highlighting Latinx writers

Linzy Beltran – one of the funniest improvisers you’ll see on any side of the Mississippi, the Equator, the Atlantic, and the Pacific!

Victor Bryan Olivas –He’s a Zonie and I love him. Dude’s also hilarious so that helps!

And it’s going down live this Sunday at 10pm at the Pack Theater!

Pre-show tickets are just $5, so get them now!

#latinx #latinxcomedypachanga #sketch #improv #standup #comedy

Scene Work, Shows, Teams

The Improv Life: Why Red Door Rocks!

An Improv Masterclass

The Improv Life: Why Red Door Rocks!

Well my first post-Covid show is in the books!

I booked Red Door at the Glendale Room, and they crushed it!

Pro-tip: you gotta watch great improv if you want to be a great improviser. And every time I watch Red Door I feel like I learn something new and unknown while being wildly entertained and engaged the whole time – that’s a standard we should all aspire too.

Every show is a masterclass in character work, space object work, transitions, editing, how to throw in jabs and pimps to throw your scene partner off but you low key know they can do it, and the power of having fun playing with someone you just really like fucking with.

Red Door rocks!

I encourage you all to go watch them ASAP!

And remember: you gotta study your craft if you want to master it.

#improv #theglendaleroom #reddoor #masterclass #theater #craft

Shows, Teams

Why Red Door is The World’s Best Improv Team

Left To Right: Frankie Estrella, Ryan Marisco, Justin Michael Terry, Jared Pilovka, Fernando A. Funes

Go Watch Red Door

Red Door Appreciation Post!

Alright, y’all, if there’s one improv team you gotta make time to go and watch, it’s Red Door.

Red Door are an amazing improv comedy duo who are the most physical improvisers you’ll ever see!

They skydive into lived-in characters while jumping back and forth from from multiple threads, through lines, themes, running gags and bits and call backs, all weaved together into a beautiful tapestry of unscripted theater that exemplifies the best of our art form – these dudes are the shit!

So far this year I’ve seen them crush at the Improv Collective, The Glendale Room, and The LA Improv Summit – and it’s been amazing every time!

And guess what!? You have a chance to see them this weekend on Saturday, July 30 as part of the Orange County Improv Fest at the Frida Cinema! So go check them out!

#improv #reddoor #clowns #masters #LAimprovsummit #glendaleroom #ocimprovfest #improvcollective

Fernando, Ryan, Justin, and Sean Casey of The Glendale Room