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The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing segment in the United States, accounting for 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to 2014 census estimates. Despite the fact that there are 55 million Latinos, however, the amount of original content targeting the demographic is lagging. And comedy is one of the largest gaps, especially within the digital space.
"There is no real hub for high-quality Latino comedy," noted Saturday Night Live alumnus Horatio Sanz. Along with former castmate and Portlandia star Fred Armisen, Sanz has signed on to groom emerging Latino comics for a new venture from Broadway Video, SNL creator Lorne Michaels' production outfit.
The rollout of Más Mejor (More Better), a digital content studio focused on Latino comedy, will be announced on Tuesday during Advertising Week. Broadway Video plans to launch the studio on Jan. 11, with talent that so far includes sketch comedy troupe Room 28 and stand-up comic Gina Brillon, who in June performed on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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Latino sketch comedy group Room 28 hits the Bronx with some of its greatest hits. Prepare to laugh hysterically at sketches that parody Donald Trump and The Bachelor.
The New York Comedy Festival—2016’s biggest laugh-fest—is a five-day bonanza of comedy shows, drawing national headline acts and the cream of the local scene. It’s also one of the best NYC events in November. This year's festival features comedians Bridget Everett, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah and more. Use our guide as your go-to for everything you need to know about the hilarious spectacle, including our picks for the best shows to see at the New York Comedy Festival.
A collective group of Hispanic comedic actors known as Room 28 Comedy are fulfilling the demand for high-quality, Latino-based comedy in New York City.
The group consists of core five comedians Jaime Fernandez, Jerry "Elmo DiFoca" Diaz, Michael "Juan Bago" Diaz, Anthony Palmini and Rachel "La Loca" Strauss-Muñiz and a supporting cast that has helped Room 28 consistently sell out live shows.
The group's name is a reference to the mental institution in the Dominican Republic located at the 28th milepost between the cities of Santiago and Santo Domingo.
Comedy troupe Room 28 yuks it up at Museo del Barrio
Sketch comedy group Room 28 is putting its popularity to the test.
After selling out spaces that hold up to 200 people, the up-and-coming troupe has a show scheduled at its largest venue yet, El Museo del Barrio, on Sept. 21.
"We feel like we're graduating," says Room 28 member Rachel Strauss-Muñiz. "We're at the level where we've created a demand for our show, and now we're going to be performing (at a venue) that holds 564 seats."
The show, which features Room 28's ten best sketches, will also have a political subtext — offstage. The troupe partnered with the Voto Latino organization to register audience members to vote.
"We're bringing in an element of the importance of the Latino vote," says Strauss-Muñiz.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the history and culture of the 55 million Latinos living in America. Held every year from September 15 through October 15, it's also a period to recognize those who are making a name for themselves in their communities.
Room 28 is doing just that through laughter. The comedy troupe is bringing the laughs with their live performances and online sketches. They will be performing "A Night at El Museo: A Collection of Fan Favorites" Wednesday, Sept. 21 at El Museo Del Barrio.
Lynda Baquero sits down with Rachel Strauss-Muniz, Jerry Diaz, and Michael Diaz of Room 28 to discuss their approach to sketch comedy.
Donald Trump Gets Roasted in Latino Comedy Troupe's Viral 'I Won't Vote for You' Parody
While many artists and organizations are responding to Donald Trump’s anti-Latino rhetoric with outrage, one group of socially conscious Latinos are using a weapon that should never be underestimated: comedy.
Produced by New York-based comedy troupe Room 28 and nonprofit organization Voto Latino Action Network, “I Won’t Vote for You” samples rapper Big Sean’s smash “I Don’t F--- With You” for a hilarious, hip-hop-style roast aimed at Trump.
The Washington Heights sketch comedy collective is one of the major talents of Más Mejor, the Latinx-focused digital studio by Saturday Night Live alums Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen. (SNL’s newest addition, Melissa Villaseñor, is also from Más Mejor.) The hilarious sketch team consists of five core players: Jaime Fernandez, Jerry “Elmo DiFoca” Diaz, Michael “Juan Bago” Diaz, Anthony Palmini and Rachel “La Loca” Strauss-Muniz. You can catch them allllll over the internet or in person for those lucky enough to live in NYC.