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

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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

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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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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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The Improv Life: What I Learned From Brian James O’Connell’s Almost Biblical AMA From a Few Weeks Back

So Much Freaking Improv-Sketch-Comedy Wisdom Right Here

Here are some quotes from the Epic AMA Brian James O’Connell did a few weeks ago to promote his upcoming All Improv class starting on Saturday, April 2nd at 12pm to 2pm

“We’re all just searching for something that works, but also for something that works better.”

“You know you’re ready to teach when you’re able to demonstrate the lesson without embarrassing the student.” (Eric Honeycut actually)

“Anything you have more than three books on that is who you are as an improviser.”

“There are nothing but positive outcomes when you treat other people like human beings.”

“People use the term guru to hold power over people.”

“Improv is the first thing that taught me that I am enough.”

“If you have a successful theater, you should be integrating vertically.”

“Theater politics will never make you feel valid.”

“Improv is like golf because you can keep doing it forever.”

“You can mine your pain, but this isn’t therapy. It’s helpful, it can be therapeutic, but it’s not therapy.”

“Hit-Hit-Backoff-Hit: Play the game, play the game, take a break, and then play the game again.”

“When a man lies he murders a part of himself.”

“When someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them – Maya Angelou”

“You know you’re ready to coach when someone asks you – Miles Stroth.”

“Learn your value.”

“Never apologize for being yourself.”

BOC is teaching an All Improv class Saturdays in April from 12pm to 2pm where you get to work on a specific thing you’re working on. It’s a $100 for 4 weeks, so it’s only $25 per class, and that’s a freaking deal – a steal quite frankly.

I know his class is almost sold out, and who knows when he’s going to teach it again, so I highly recommend you take it if you want to work with this improv-sketch-comedy madman genius.

To sign up, just hit up BOC or the All Improv page.

#improv #allimprov #sketch #comedy #teacher #LAimprov

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