VIDEO: “Yo quiero Fay Boo”

It’s Friday night, and time for a little Comedy Time Latino.

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Who’s up for a little Fay Boo? Here is Rick Izquieta.

What The World Needs: A Quirky, Edgy (and Mainstream) Latino Comedy Troupe

This week we rediscovered The Kids in the Hall, one of the best things that ever happened in the 1990s. We hadn't seen series in a long time, and we got a bit excited to find out that the entire series is on Netflix, so now you know what is playing in our offices this week. Because you can never have enough of "The Daves I Know."

Which got us to thinking: where are the quirky and edgy Latino comedy troupes and when will they start becoming breakout stars? Acts like Dominizuelan and comedians like Mike Robles have been making us laugh for the past few years. They are just two of many rising acts that represent a new generation of comics.

Another troupe that got our attention is The Latino Comedy Project from Austin.

Imagine if just one of their videos below made it to the mainstream (FYI, the "300" spoof has gotten millions of YouTube views)? Groups like LCP are pushing the boundaries and taking risks. They are playing with stereotypes and cultural perceptions. If someone Lorne Michaels could push Kids in the Hall in the 1990s, there has to be someone out there who can see the future. Ok, maybe we should just start pitching to people.

Here are two LCP shorts that made us laugh:

So, what do you think? What other acts have a chance to make it and become a mainstream Latino comedy troupe? The timing seems right to us.

Diego Luna On CASA DE MI PADRE: “Who Cares” If People Are Offended

Last week, Diego Luna, who co-stars with Will Ferrell in CASA DE MI PADRE, was interviewed about the movie. The full interview can be heard here.

According to CineMovie.TV, the movie had a successful opening, bringing in $2.3 million in 382 theaters, which are good numbers for a foreign language comedy (the movie is in Spanish).

Screen Grab: http://www.cinemovie.tv/cinemovie_new/more-movie-interviews/2089-diego-luna-interview-who-cares-if-people-are-offended-by-casa-de-mi-padre-audio#.T3DEvkot4PM.twitter

Here is CineMovie.TV posted about Luna's comments:

"I think it's going to be more the American audience that is going to be offended by many scenes and lines that Will Ferrell has about Americans. It's there.  We have to understand it's a comedy and it's a satire of many things… politics, Mexico, the relation between Mexico and the States, of the world we're living in.  But also about film and spaghetti westerns, soap operas and just the process of filmmaking.  I think there will be many actors offended also.  Who cares!  I enjoyed the journey a lot. "

Hilarious Romney/Newt “Who’s on First” Mashup Goes Viral and That Is a Good Thing

We love a good video mashup and this one is right on target.

We have no words. Just enjoy.

And here is the original.

 

#NowPlaying: Spanish For Your Nanny

This is a Rebelde Public Service Announcement for all of you who need to speak Spanish to your nanny.

De nada.

Conozcan a Asiri, la Siri Latina del IPhone 4

Jejejeje, mientras todo el resto de mundo tiene a Siri para sus IPhones, ¡los latinos tienen a Asiri!

Producido por Los Pichy Boys.

Now Playing: Sh*t Abuelas Say, The Sequel

So a few days ago, we shared the hilarious "Sh*t Abuelas Say" video and now that our SOPA BLACKOUT is over, our first post-SOPA piece is "Sh*t Abuelas Say," (Part 2). Ayyy, m'ijo.

This is hitting TOO CLOSE TO HOME.

Y Ahora… “Sh*t Abuelas Say”

¿Qué qué? ¿Es ella nuesta abuela?

¡CREEMOS QUE SÍ!

GUEST POST by @jazminchavez and @juliagrob: “Latinos: Turn Off Your TV, Coño!”

GUEST POST BY Jazmin Chavez & Julia Ahumada Grob of "East WillyB"

 

By the time of this publication, we should all be familiar with the recent controversy regarding ABC sitcom, “Work It,” in which Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco’s character Angel, uttered the egregious statement on national TV, “I’m Puerto Rican, I’d be great at selling drugs.” While we stand behind the Latino public officials, activists, and bloggers who have have spoken out, demanding an apology from the national network, this sadly is not the first time, and definitely won’t be the last time, a major network blasts the Latino community with stereotypical and narrow portrayals of what indeed is a vibrant, diverse, and multi dynamic community. 

While the 2010 census revealed that with over 50 million Latinos in the United States, 1 out of every 6 people are of Hispanic or Latino origin, that same year, the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) issued their annual diversity report card, citing a decline in Latino diversity at every major network. Yet these same networks feel entitled to capture our attention for 4-6 hours a day. Without Latino producers and writers calling the shots, we continue to experience an over saturation of drug dealers, gardeners, maids, prostitutes, and gang members on our TVs. Additionally, while our women are incredibly beautiful, present company included, the exotification of Latinas continues as demonstrated in the new CBS comedy, "¡Rob!” Beyond “Work It,” and “¡Rob!” there are currently Latino-based pilots being developed at NBC, ABC, and FOX, with non-Latino writers attached to all but one, it seems. 

So what can we, the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States, do to stop this, beyond demanding apologies from networks who care little about our well being? We at “East WillyB” want to offer a challenge to the Latino community: Turn off your TV. Support independent television programming created for Latinos and by Latinos, delivered directly to your home via the web. 

We at “East WillyB” understand the importance of capturing the multi-faceted Latino experience in the United States because we have lived it and experienced it. We are the new generation Latino, some American born, some born in America Latina, Spanglish speaking, ni de alli, ni de alla. Conceived in a coffee shop in Brooklyn, the series was created after our writers, actors, and producers grew tired and frankly sick to our stomachs of seeing the same BS perpetuated over and over again at the expense of our community. So instead, we took matters into our own hands, creating and distributing the series directly through the web to our community…you. 

East WillyB” is an original series which follows Puerto Rican sport bar owner Willie Reyes Jr. as he and his community fight to keep their neighborhood bar open in the face of the hipster invasion of their Brooklyn neighborhood. A gentrification comedy, “East WillyB” tells the story of the many faces that make up the Latino community of Brooklyn, and the ways in which their lives interconnect to create the extended family so integral to its character. With a 6 episode pilot season already online, 2012 will see the launch of a 13 episode, 91 minute season of “East WillyB,” with great Latino guest stars already attached to join to the team. 

We are not alone in this new movement. Other great series include “Los Americans,” written by Dennis Leoni (“Resurrection Blvd.”) and starring Esai Morales. A drama, “Los Americans” focuses on a multi-generation, middle-income, Latino family living in Los Angeles and the issues they face, including alcoholism, unemployment and cultural identity. “Ylse”  is a dramedy about ambitious, single, thirty-something Latina as she juggles career, a not-so-successful love life and a family who doesn’t understand her progressive American ways (think: Bridget Jones with a bicultural twist). Undocumented and Awkward is a series created for and by undocumented youth. The series, written by four college graduates, with four different experiences of being undocumented in America, finds humor in the immigration experience, from the voices of those actually experiencing it. All of these independent programs provide an honest & unique voice, creative platform and venue to showcase Latino stories, with Latinos behind and in front of the cameras. 

However, without the production and marketing budgets of television, these independent series can only continue to grow if our community supports and promotes them. So instead of griping about the lack of representation on television while you watch your latest ABC show, this evening, when you come home from work, try turning off your TV and watching these independent Latino series instead. If you like them, blog about them, find them on Facebook or Twitter, tell a friend, host a viewing party & spread the word. We can only grow together. 

Julia Ahumada Grob

Creator/Executive Producer

www.eastwillyb.com

c. (917) 575-3451

Last Night on @TheDailyShow: “Pepper Spray is America’s New Car Horn”

So, The Daily Show took a week off, but last night it came back strong, especially with the Pepper Spray segment.

Yup, Jon Stewart was able to connect it all: #OWS, #UCDavis, #BlackFriday. Enjoy.

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