HBO Latino presented Entre Nos: Part 2, a special featuring three Latino comedians, at Cinepolis on October 12 as part of the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF).
The special is the first original comedic content aired on HBO Latino, and features three comedians who were ecstatic about the project from its conception.
Shayla Rivera, Puerto Rican comedian, mother, and ex-rocket scientist, prides her comedic style as “the truth.” On the red carpet, Rivera spoke about the conception of her philosophy: “My biggest inspiration when I first started in comedy was George Carlin. I would sit there with my dad and we would laugh, and I would see how, honestly, the funniest thing out there is what we all do but we don’t talk about. That’s the truth. If you shined a light on the thing that we do behind closed doors, people will just laugh with you.”
Vladimir Caamaño, one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, is a “true New Yorker,” he says. He has performed at almost every comedy club in the city, and has been for years. His comedy sketch in Entre Nos centers around making fun of the rich. At the panel after the premiere, Caamaño claimed that since poverty is not a choice, neither is being rich, and that coming from the “other side” gave him a good perspective with which to create a comedy sketch.
Frankie Quiñones has been dubbed a “one-man variety show.” He has introduced and perfected multiple personas in his routines throughout his comedy career, and has performed overseas for troops in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East.
Rivera, Caamaño, and Quiñones shared similar opinions on the importance in displaying multi-faceted Latino comedians.
“There is so much Latino talent out there, completely untapped,” Rivera said.
When asked about the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of Latinos both in Hollywood and in comedy, she said, “They think I can only play a maid, or only play a nanny, or the hot, sassy, whatever…which is not true. I can play a scientist, I can play a judge. What I found is that it is not as much our problem as it is their perception. And they still haven’t really understood that we’re all different, we all have different tendencies – like they are.”
The special, hosted by comedian Ben Gonzalez, will premiere on all HBO platforms on October 13 at 9:30 p.m.