Where you can see him: Co-hosting The New Shit Show at Club Cumming and Scruff’s new quiz show called Hosting.
Favorite joke: "I’ve come to realize I’m the Lacroix of Latinos. There’s a little flavor there, but I have to tell you what it is before you’re like “Oh yeah, I taste that.”
Biggest challenges: "I think one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced with casting and pitching stuff is that people often ask me to ‘pick a lane.’ They’re like: ‘OK, is this about being gay or being Latino? Because it just seems like too much at once.’ Which is infuriating, because it’s usually a team full of white folks asking you to chop yourself up into ‘digestible” pieces for whatever target audience they’ve envisioned… which (surprise!) is usually overwhelmingly white, cis and straight. I think that’s why I’ve found myself working so much in digital spaces for Latinx audiences or shows run by Latinx comedians. They’re some of the few places I feel like I can tackle the complexities of queer Latinx identity without watering down my jokes or pandering to gringos for money.
On the other hand, I’m a very white Latino. I have to acknowledge the privileges that come with that—but then when folks see me, they’re like, ‘Oh you really don’t look Latino.’ And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to “amp up” an accent I don’t have or ‘act more like X nationality’ that I know nothing about in order to perform what people think Latinos are like. But I’m not about to get up on camera and do some Latinx minstrel show, or make a mockery of an accent or culture that isn’t a part of my lived experience. It’s funny because a lot of projects don’t want to cast black or brown Latinos, but then they want light-skinned Latinos to perform these stereotypes and caricatures that are based on a history of dehumanizing black and brown Latinos. My family’s from a colonized island in the Caribbean, I’m not about to be party to the continued colonization of our media spaces.
That's why I’m so thankful to black and brown Latinx comedians like Milly Tamarez, Lee Chin, X Mayo and Mike Diaz (aka Juan Bago) who’ve really carved out spaces for better and broader representation of Latinx culture in live comedy and media. And they've done it on their own terms! Not everyone on that list is queer, but the ones who aren’t have been stellar allies who’ve put in the work to call folks in."