Reyes of Comedy 2012 -- Meet the Comedians
Meet the All-Star Comedic Lineup:
Felipe Esparza, Alex Reymundo, Erik Rivera, Melissa Villasenor
This spectacular comedy showcase is by invitation only!
Felipe Esparza just won Last Comic Standing! He is best known for his raw, real-life comedy, his irreverent on-stage persona, wild hair, and his often-imitated phrase, “What‘s up fool?“ On his new comedy album, REBOUND MATERIAL, we get it all. 44 tracks about everything from the war in Iraq and sitting in the back of police cars to partying with white people and Mexican birthday parties. Many people are surprised to find out that Felipe is the same person referred to and imitated in several onstage stories by fellow comedian, Gabriel Iglesias.
You have recently seen Esparza winning the 7th season of “Last Comic Standing,“ and appearing on the new Comedy Central series, “Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey.“ Other TV credits include: ABC‘s “Comics Unleashed,“ Showtime‘s “Comics Without Borders,“ BET‘s “Comic View,“ and “One Mic Stand,“ and Galavision‘s “Que Locos“ (where he holds the title of most appearances by any comedian). He also completed production on two films this year, “The Deported“, starring Nick Turturro, Talia Shire and Paul Rodriguez and “I‘m Not Like that No More“, based on Felipe‘s stand-up material and starring Felipe and Paul Rodriguez as father and son.
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Comedian, Writer, Actor, Director, Producer
With two one hour comedy specials that aired on Showtime & Comedy Central, (Red-Nexican & Award winning Hick-Spanic) Alex Reymundo appeals to all demographics. Three words describe him best … FUNNY as HELL. Alex’s exposure to Live standup began in Arlington, TX. in 1988 when the American Comedy Club scene was just beginning to know names like Jeff Foxworthy & Bill Engvall. Alex can boast about serving Ron White his first drink ever in a comedy club, the two emerged out of the same club & traveled the nation together for the first few years of their early careers.
Alex is best known as one of Paramount Picture’s “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” alongside Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, George Lopez & Joey Medina. Alex has also appeared on P. Diddy’s “Bad Boy’s of Comedy”. The twenty year standup has widened his skills in 3 films, “Permanent Vacation”, “The Movement” & “El Matador.” Recently, Alex can be seen across the nation touring with friend & Blue Collar’s Bad Boy Ron White. The two taped a special - Ron White’s Salute to the Troops (w/ Lewis Black & Kathleen Madigan) that was viewed by 6 million on CMT (2011).
Alex has done voice over work for many companies as well as Disney’s animated “Cars” project. He has performed on the deck of the USS Roosevelt at sea and soared with the legendary Blue Angels. Alex was born in Acapulco, Mexico and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. He now resides in the Blue Grass state of Kentucky.
Since bursting onto the NYC comedy scene in 2004, Erik Rivera's name has become synonymous with comedy. His “boy next door” good looks and unique perspective make him one of today’s fastest rising young comedians. With quick wit, commanding stage presence, charisma and an infectious smile, Rivera has become a favorite act at comedy clubs, events and colleges throughout the country.
A regular at NYC and LA comedy clubs such as The Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live,Gotham Comedy Club, The Laugh Factoryand The Comedy & Magic Club, Erik’s star is quickly rising! This year he was honored to make his Late Night debut on the TonightShow with Jay Leno, a recognition that has been a springboard to many comedy greats. Since that prestigious opportunity, Rivera has proven to be on the top of everyone's list. The National Council of La Raza andNBC reached out and tapped Erik as a presenter and official spokesperson for the2011 ALMA Awards and NCLR. NUVO TValso hand selected Erik as their official spokesperson for Hispanic Heritage Month, presenting a daily Factiño commercial series. Rivera is steadily becoming a familiar face on cable networks nationwide as he’s also appeared numerous times on MTV Tr3s, Comedy Central, TV Guide and most recently NUVO TV's Latino 101.
Comedienne, Voice Impressionist
Melissa Villasenor is a stand-up comedian and voice impressionist. She grew up in Los Angeles and started stand up at 15 at Comedy Camp. She is a regular at the Comedy Store, Improv's, and Comedy and Magic Club. Melissa did her first TV appearance doing her Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Silverman impressions on Frank TV on TBS. She also was in the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival as part of the New Faces show in 2010. Recently she played a part as Nora Ephron on Fox's "Family Guy" as well as various voices on Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time". She was also seen on America’s Got Talent, season 6, as America’s top 16 finalists.
Melissa wrote and starred in her one woman show called, "I'm Not Myself". You can catch Melissa perform and her many voices in stand-up shows all around Los Angeles and the country!
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