Latino Comedians to Put on Your Radar
Laughter is the best medicine, and HBO's Entre Nos comedy series celebrates Latino talent. Check out these stand-up comics that will add some hilarity to your day.
"Ever since I was a kid I had a lot of trouble seeing anybody upset, so any time anyone was hurt or sad I had to make them laugh by any means necessary. If I had to make funny voices, put on funny makeup or act silly, I would do anything to make somebody happy again," the Bronx native, of Puerto Rican descent, told People CHICA. Her first one-hour special, Pacifically Speaking, was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and debuted on NuvoTV in 2014. She also had a featured role in Iglesias' theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie. Brillon has made appearances on Live at Gotham, Chelsea Lately, and The View, and became the first Latina winner of NBC's Stand Up for Diversity Showcase in 2012.
The Nuyorican comedian says his mission is to "tell the stories that aren't being told." "The Latin story has been absolutely overlooked over the last 20 years. Only two Latinos have ever led a sitcom, Freddie Prinze and George Lopez, and that whole tune is changing," he told People CHICA earlier this year. He shined on the Showtime special Tales of a Nuyorican and made his network television debut on NBC's 30 Rock.
The Puerto Rican aerospace engineer was a rocket scientist with NASA before she became a comedian. The star of HBO's comedy special It's Not Rocket Science is also a professor at Texas A&M University. "I have a good friend who once said, 'Comedy is not a short race, it's a marathon.' It's something you just have to put in the time, you got to put in your effort," she told People CHICA. "The challenge really was for me to stay the course. Stay inspired, and stay dreaming."
The mastermind behind the Entre Nos series is its creator and producer Edwin Licona.
The Mexican American star is an audience favorite from NBC's Last Comic Standing. He made his TV debut on Comedy Central with Gabriel Iglesias's Stand Up Revolution and his late-night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Rivera made his late-night debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and also shined on NBC's Last Comic Standing. In 2015, he recorded his debut comedy special I'm No Expert. He also starred alongside Brandon T. Jackson and DeRay Davis in Oxygen's docuseries Living With Funny, about the lives of comedians when they're not on stage.
Marlena Rodriguez has done stand up across the country and performed at a Lincoln Center benefit called Leave It to Beavers: A Night With Tina Fey and Friends. She was named one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch. The comedian, of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, talked to People CHICA about her HBO Latino special Entre Nos: About Last Night, featuring hilarious commentary on dating and hooking up. "Whether hyperbolized or not, our comedy always comes from a real place," she said. "A lot of times what we are really doing is telling a real-life story, because dating is actually horrific. I have found that telling these stories through jokes gets people thinking. Jokes are a great way to let people let you talk uninterrupted and get your point across."
Orlando Leyba has a knack for finding humor in just about anything that crosses his path. He was a finalist in NBC's Stand Up Showcase and is a regular at comedy festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He wins audiences over with his comedic art of storytelling, often sharing his own life experiences.
Jerry Garcia's credits include Fox's Laughs comedy series. In 2017, Jerry made his Netflix debut co-starring in Chingo Bling's They Can’t Deport Us All comedy special. His stand-alone comedy special, It's Not My Weekend, premiered on HBO in June 2019. Earlier this year, Jerry crossed over to voice acting as he co-starred with John Stamos in the animated film PLOEY.
The American comedian of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent is a force to reckon with. She was a contestant on the eighth season of Last Comic Standing. The actress, producer, and writer also shined last year in the Netflix show Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready. After getting her first hour-long comedy special on HBO Max, Rodriguez shared: "I'm excited about my first hour-long special and I'm thankful that HBO Max believed in me enough to create a place for my voice."