There’s one person that stands out on “Broad City” — aside from the female leads, of course — and that’s Arturo Castro. We’ve come to adore the Guatemalan actor as Jaime on the Comedy Central show for the past several years. While “Broad City” is scheduled to end in 2019 at the end of its fifth season, we shouldn’t be too sad over that news because Deadline reports that we will soon be seeing a lot more of this hilarious guy.
Arturo Castro will star in his comedy sketch show called “Alternatino.”
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The show, which has been picked up by Comedy Central, is about Castro’s experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States.
“This is literally what dreams coming true feels like,” Castro said on his Instagram. “I’m feeling so grateful, my chest may burst. To everyone that’s put their talent and effort on the line to get this show approved, this is your victory. Comedy Central has been my home since I first walked in their door six years ago.”
Castro said he is deeply appreciative to comedic actresses Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson for giving him his big break on “Broad City.”
CREDIT: Broad City / Comedy Central
“And of course the ladies of Broad City for giving me my start, and inspiring me to create my own work,” Castro said on Instagram.
He also vows that his new show will be completely dedicated to the Latino experience.
CREDIT: Broad City / Comedy Central
“I promise to leave it all on the table with this show, and to bring you as much truth, heart, and laughter as I and my team of badass writers can muster,” Castro said.
He also added that, “being Latino is not just one thing, and especially in today’s world, representation is essential. I’ll work tirelessly to ensure a kid growing up anywhere can watch the screen and know he or she can do f*cking anything, no matter what they look like or how their English sounds. Let’s dooooo this!!”
“To God, my family, my squeaky, my friends and team: without you all I’d be doing quinceañeras as a member of a Menudo cover band.”
CREDIT: Broad City / Comedy Central
Ummm yeah right. This guy is just getting started.
Spanish is a rich and exuberant language that lends itself to creative use of words. In Latin America, using words in double entendre or doble sentido is a way of expanding the communicative capacities of español. And the comedians listed here let our darkest fears and deepest desires come out bursting as laughter.
Netflix is investing heavily on Latin American original content, particularly in Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, where the stand up industry is more developed. Through humor, Latino comedians have a knack for talking about touchy subjects in Latin America, such as the traumatic historical past (including processes of colonialism and military dictatorships), gender and sexual diversity, and machismo. However, they do this with pointy comments and provocative acts that are designed to trigger strong reactions (some of them incite strong responses by being overtly open and even a bit inappropriate). If you wanna practice your Spanish, here’s a few titles that you def need to check out.
Mexico: Franco Escamilla, Bienvenido al Mundo
Contemporary Mexico is a place of many contradictions, and some would argue even highly divided. Franco Escamilla uses crass humor to talk about his parenting experiences in a moment in which issues such as gender roles, woke culture and globalization have made Mexico a confusing but fascinating place to grow up.
Mexico: Franco Escamilla, Por la Anecdota
Yes, Escamilla makes the list twice due to the variety of his repertoire. In this earlier show he laughs at himself and his many social shortcomings. This act is a provocation that invites us to rethink what masculinity means today, and how ridiculous it can be when it tries to hang on to senseless tradition.
Argentina: Fernando Sanjiao, Hombre
If you speak Spanish you know how different Argentinian Spanish can be. It takes words from Italian and German… and Argentinians, particularly from Buenos Aires, tend to speak in a dramatic and very expressive way. Sanjiao speaks about masculinity and fatherhood in a hilarious way, talking about anything from the mysterious disappearance of Tupperware lids to how painful tango can be. And like any Argentinian he talks about therapy.
Colombia: Arango y Sanint, Riase el Show
These two old timers are a true institution in their native Colombia. They can be judged as using a bit too much political incorrectness as they mock Argentines, dirty old men and everyday Colombians. If you wanna share a laugh with your old man, get a couple of drinks, put this on and build some memories.
Colombia: Alejandro Riaño,Especial de Stand Up
Anyone who grew up in or has visited Bogota will ROFL with Alejandro’s witty social commentary. He is a bit of an ass at times, but he does it for the sake of his provocative style. He discusses issues that define cosmopolitan life in the Colombian city, such as the dating scene, soccer fanaticism and styles of dancing.
Mexico: Simplemente Manu Nna
Manu Nna is a non-binary comedian who is open about the challenges and humor associated with being an LGBTQ person in Mexico City. Many Nna draws from Mexican popular culture and references old musicians like our eternal Juanga, as well as telenovelas and the way in which they have shaped the melodramatic psyche of Mexicans for generations.
Argentina: Lucas Lauriente, Todo lo Que Sería
One of the oldest tricks in comedy is making fun of age, particularly if it concerns your own journey into adulthood and grumpiness. Lucas makes fun of different generations, placing himself as a middle-aged man who is starting to realize that hope is perhaps dead. His rants about millennials are particularly funny in their senselessness.
Argentina: Malena Pichot, Estupidez Compleja
Pichot takes the feminist flag to raise questions about sex, abortion, inclusive language and those men who just didn’t get the memo that the 19th century was over. A lot of cringe worthy moments that will make you rethink gender dynamics.
Colombia: Liss Pereira, Reteniendo Líquidos
Some Colombian women are truly hilarious when it comes to explaining the crazy expectations that society places on them (Sofia Vergara, anyone?). Apparently they have to look good and do everything as traditional gender roles are shifting and they also make up an important chunk of the productive force. Liss Pereira navigates the tribulations and involuntary comedic moments that pregnancy brings, Move over Kylie Kwong, we have a new reina embarazada in da house!
Mexico: Carlos Ballarta, Furia Ñera
The ultimate dude comedian. He created a persona based on the iconic grunge legend Kurt Cobain. Ballarta does plenty of deprecating humor both about himself and the city of Guadalajara, where he lives with his family. He is real good on stage, and uses his imposing physical presence to give a clumsy but witty vibe.
“Saturday Night Live” doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to people of color, specifically Latinos. In the show’s iconic history, which spans 44 years, the cast has mostly been white and male. In 2016, they finally hired a Latina to join the cast, which was a year after “SNL” decided to have Donald Trump host the show when he was running for president and calling Mexicans “rapists and criminals.” Latinos boycotted the show and they did receive backlash for allowing him to host. Yet, still “SNL” has yet to learn the importance of Latino representation and inclusion.
On the season 45 premiere, “SNL” did a sketch that featured the Democratic presidential candidates but did not include Julián Castro and did include Marianne Williamson, who’s not in the running anymore.
So why didn’t the have someone impersonating Castro? We know they don’t have any Latino comics on the show, however, they could have had their sole Latina comic Melissa Villaseñor put on a wig. She has played a man before. The sketch did include special guest stars including Maya Rudolf (who played Kamala Harris), and Larry David (who played Bernie Sanders). Could they have not asked former Latino “SNL” comics Fred Armisen or Horatio Sanz to play Castro?
“Interesting that @nbcsnl decided to cut one candidate out of this sketch. Could you not find a Latino actor to play @JulianCastro?” Sawyer Hackett, national press secretary for Castro’s campaign, tweeted.
People on social media were livid at the exclusion of Castro and once again their dismissive attitude toward Latinos.
Was it too difficult for “SNL” to add one more actor to the stage, especially one that is still in the running — unlike Williamson? Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dad said they would have both stepped up to the plate to play the role of Castro.
It’s as if “SNL” continues to make the wound even deeper by excluding the only Latino candidate.
“SNL” knows very well that representation matters, so there’s no excuse for this exclusion. Are they doing this on purpose?
Maybe they think Castro’s persona isn’t funny enough to include in a parody?
If “SNL” has talented writers they could have surely written something hilarious for an actor portraying Castro. We already have staggering facts that show film and TV excludes Latinos in overwhelming statistics, so you would think “SNL” (and all programming for that matter) would want to rectify that. Maybe they just don’t care?
“SNL” has a long history of dissing Latinos, so this just makes it worse.
Latino viewers and talent have been asking for more representation for several seasons now. There was celebration from fans when Melissa Villseñor was brought on in 2016.
Many people see their omission of Castro as the show disregarding Latinos.
This overt move by “SNL” actually made the skit not very funny but cringeworthy. The erasure of the only Latino running for the presidency was glaring.
You know “SNL” messed up bad when Latina moms get involved.
If you make Latina moms mad, asking for their forgiveness won’t be easy to do. Trust us. We have all been there. However, when you really try to make things up to them, they will accept it.
Since “SNL” screwed up the premiere, will they correct their huge mistake by the next episode?
There’s another debate coming up very soon, and if “SNL” is going to stay relevant in the political comedy stage they better include Castro or they will risk not only alienating a core audience but also looking like they can’t handle diverse comedy.
And, if “SNL” can’t find anyone to play Castro, there’s one person that will be happy to do it.
Julian’s twin brother, Joaquin Castro — who’s pretty busy right now working on Capitol Hill himself — said he could step in and portray him on the show. We think he’d do a fabulous job because he clearly knows him best right?
Either way, “SNL” needs to get their act together. There’s no reason to exclude a strong candidate for president only to be replaced by a white woman who isn’t running for president anymore. It’s an obvious omission that “SNL” needs to stop.