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The Funniest Latino on Twitter Just Got A Huge TV Deal

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Last week, ABC announced they are developing a sitcom about a Mexican-American family based on the life of writer Shea Serrano. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is based on Serrano’s experience of “growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood.”

Not familiar with Shea Serrano? Over the last few years, Serrano has gone from being a funny Twitter follow to a two-time New York Times best-selling author. Along the way, his witty, humorous takes on basketball (and other things) has helped him build a dedicated fan base, the FOH Army, who are ready to support Serrano in myriad ways, including raising money for charity.

Shea Serrano was a middle school teacher who picked up freelance writing to make ends meet. Serrano says he was “forced” to join Twitter in 2009 after getting a freelance gig for About.com.

I started following him in 2013 because his Twitter profile pic was Miklo Velka from “Blood In Blood Out.”

And that alone cracked me up.

It was super rare to see a Latino on Twitter talking genuinely about his life and culture in a hilarious yet touching way. And as his gained followers, others in started to notice. He’s written for various publications, most notably Grantland and now The Ringer.

Here’s a tiny portion of tweets that prove Serrano is an all-star on Twitter:

In 2013, he published “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.”

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The book, developed with fellow Texan Bun B (of UGK fame), featured coloring pages, paper dolls and other fun things for rap fans to do. It wasn’t just about Bun B — it featurs rappers such as Drake, Tupac and Childish Gambino. Fans loved it.

He followed that with “The Rap Year Book” in 2015, which put Serrano on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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Yeah, you can say that pretty much catapulted him to another level of awesome.

This month, Serrano released “Basketball (and Other Things),” his third book.

The book is based on Serrano’s email newsletter, which feature Serrano’s riffs on basketball, hip-hop, and pop culture as well as illustrations by Arturo Torres.

In a conversation with mitú, Serrano talked a bit about his latest project, a collaboration with Mike Schur, creator of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation.”

What is it like to be a superstar?

[Laughs] I don’t know that that is the case. I stopped teaching about two years ago, which is not that long ago. But, yeah, it feels weird and fake.

What made you stop teaching?

I was in a position to be able to write and pay all the bills that we needed to pay. Before then it was a joined thing. I had to combine the teacher money and the writing money to get to where we needed to be.

What does your wife think about your latest project?

She was excited about it. Larami and I actually came up with the idea for the show together. She was excited because that was the first time her and I officially worked on something. Before then, I would ask her about writing and it was like, “How can I fix this? How do I fix that?” So with this thing, with the TV show, we were sitting down together and coming up with ideas and writing this thing as a partnership. So she was really excited about it, and I was too because she’s a lot smarter than I am. And I knew it was going to be good if she was putting her energy into it.

So she’ll be credited on the show.

Yeah, hopefully, it’ll be one of those situations like, “Created by Larami Serrano and Shea Serrano, and written by Shea Serrano.”

Can you tell us what the show will be about?

I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about it just yet because it’s still developing. But it will star Mexicans, which will be cool.

What I’m most excited about is that its not like, “Hey, let’s sit around and talk about what it’s like being Mexican.” It’s not that. It’s more of a situation where they happen to be Mexican, but that’s just the wallpaper for the situation, but that’s not the big piece. [The show] will be based on when I lived in San Antonio before I met Larami.

What do your parents think about your new TV career?

I was keeping my mom and dad along with each step because it’s a long process to get to where we are. So by the time they announced it, they already knew that it was probably going to happen. So they were doing the parent thing like “We’re proud of you… whatever, it doesn’t matter.” My mom was like, “Am I on the show? What’s my character like??”

Serrano’s latest book, “Basketball (And Other Things)” debuted at number two on the New York Times best-sellers list (in the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous section).

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SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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On June 13 2019, HBO premiered “Los Espookys,” it’s Spanish-language horror comedy from the mind of Fred Armisen. Needless to say, we were immediate fans. Between the subtly hilarious script and its impeccable delivery, the series proved from episode one that it’s worth the watch. Don’t even get us started on how much we love the horror elements we’ve seen so far.

The second episode of “Los Espookys” is just as addictive and entertaining as the first. Titled “El Espanto de la Herencia,” the episode is so good, it demands a recap.

Here are some of the most spooky and most hysterical parts of “Los Espookys” episode two.

Last week, we met Renaldo, Úrsula, Tati and Andrés, four friends bonded by their love of horror.

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The gang was encouraged by Renaldo’s uncle, Tio Tico, to pursue that passion and turn it into a career. Calling themselves Los Espookys, they were approached by a mysterious woman who wants to use their terrifying talents. With this in mind, it’s time to brainstorm how they’ll approach this next job.

However, before we can check in with Los Espookys, the series introduces us to the US Ambassador.

Horror DNA

Her name is US Ambassador Melanie Gibbons and she’s received an important letter. The letter — which is in Spanish, not coded as she first suspects — informs her that her friend Ignacio Ferracuti has died. However, he’s left his 18.9 billion peso fortune to whoever can survive a night in his haunted mansion.

To borrow Ambassador Gibbons words, “Okay, twist!” She’s been chosen as one of five strangers to compete for his fortune. It’s all very exciting for her.

Similarily, Los Espookys are excited for this upcoming challenge.

Horror DNA

We finally get to see to the official Los Espookys headquarters — which happens to be Renaldo’s garage. While Andrés pushes for avant-garde and challanging tricks, Renaldo wants to stick to the basics. Úrsula just wants confirmation that they’re going to be paid.

Meanwhile, back in LA, Tio Tico is in an unusual situation.

Horror DNA

Following last week’s encounter at a major celebrity party, Tico has been mistaken for an elusive artist. Due to this mix-up, he’s been roped into speaking at an art panel. The whole thing has snowballed and Tio Tico is just along for the ride.

Unfortunately, Andrés is finding it hard to balance his life as Prince of Chocolate and his spooky calling.

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Being the heir to a chocolate fortune is hard. As his boyfriend reminds him, Andrés has duties he needs to commit to or else he will be removed as heir. However, the curious man is preoccupied with uncovering the mystery of his birth and his new side gig. What is a Chocolate Prince to do?

Finally, it’s the big night!

Horror DNA

Too bad Renaldo has been ditched by the other members of Los Espookys. Andrés, Úrsula y Tati have all shown up last minute, leaving Renaldo to set up. What’s worse, nobody hired the actors they need so Renaldo has to step in as the creepy butler. Let’s just say, the role is out of his range.

Still, the goal of the haunted house is to get rid of one contestant in particular. The Mysterious Woman announces to Los Espookys that Sr. Ferracuti’s son is a contestant and must not win. However, he seems impossible to shake with the frankly unimpressive scares.

Los Espookys are in a funk and they need some serious rallying.

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Andrés is obsessed with the dead ends he keeps getting in his search for his origin. Úrsula is obsessed with getting paid. Tati is obsessed with Snap Chatting her shady internet boyfriend.

Renaldo is about to give up but some unexpectedly good advise from Tati inspires him. After a rallying call from Renaldo, Los Espookys are back. They’re going to pull off the scariest trick they can.

We don’t want to give away the ending, but the episode wraps up with the possibility of more jobs in their future.

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Will Tati continue her internet relationship? Will Andrés learn the origins of his birth? What sort of adventure will Los Spookys get into next week? We’ll have to watch to find out.

This Woman From NYC Did A ‘Why I’m Single Brochure’ And She Totally Roasted Her Tía

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This Woman From NYC Did A ‘Why I’m Single Brochure’ And She Totally Roasted Her Tía

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We all know what it’s like to mentally prepare to see family after you’ve moved away from home. You’re going to hear all of the “ay, que flaquita” and “¿y el novio?” questions all in one breath. Those are just the most common questions. We all know that it never ends there. People are going to ask you about your job a million different ways, and still not get it.

Of course, every single viejo is going to ask you why you’re still single. “Mejor sola que mal acompañada,” so they say. Well, Melissa Croce had a lot more than that to tell her family and her reaction is something that can help all of us get ready for that family reunion.

Melissa Croce wanted to nip all questions in the bud with a handy brochure.

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Apparently, it all started as a joke between Croce and her coworkers, but she couldn’t let go of the idea. After you read her brochure, you’ll understand why it’s so cathartic.

“So You Haven’t Seen Melissa Croce in Several Years: A Primer”

Here’s a lil life update on the subject of your chismosando, honey. “She’s beauty and she’s grace. She’ll say it to your face.” Boom. Roasted. Who hasn’t felt the same way when getting ready to see your family?

Croce handily has two separate columns for Job vs New York FAQS.

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So many folks had a good laugh at the “Should you, though?” in response to “I should come visit you!” We’ve all braced ourselves through a fake grin answering highly judgmental questions. When they go low, we go high. When they go low, we go high. This brochure is pure low. 😂

You open the brochure to the question of the house: “Why is Melissa Single?”

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You can choose whatever adventurous conversation experience you are initiating. What a perfect way to let the family know what they’re getting themselves into by passing judgment on single, working women.

Croce tweeted out her brochure and may have started a new side hustle for herself!

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Follow your passions and everything else will follow. Even though Latinas can all relate to being asked this question, sexism is universal. Croce might have a new career calling!

Even folks are asking for her career advice at this point.

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When you see success, you chase it, right? Croce works for a publishing company but isn’t editing or reading books. She’s marketing children’s books. You know, in case you didn’t read the brochure.

Croce didn’t actually pass out the brochures.

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Of course, one *man* commented that, “The only thing that would be more petty than this would be actually giving it to people at the wedding.”

Croce told Buzzfeed, “I didn’t hand the brochures out! For one thing, I like my cousin, and secondly, I don’t think my aunts and uncles would’ve been too pleased with me if I did — but I did have to answer many of the questions on the brochure, so maybe I should’ve after all!”

One fan took the opportunity to formally ask Croce to be her life coach.

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Croce was surprised to learn how relatable her experience was–“going to a big event and exposing the basics of your life to people who mean well, but are also strangers in many ways.”

She said yes, of course.

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We’re glad some folks are appreciating Croce because the sexism hasn’t relented since she tweeted out the brochure. Folks have been telling her, “boo hoo, suck it up,” and “we get it, you’re sexist and hate men.”

Nope. Women expressing their frustration with sexism is not allowed in a patriarchal society, and that’s not stopping anyone.

So many people are taking this brochure to heart and figuring out how they can make it their own.

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Thank you, Croce, and we hope the half dozen folks who have publicly reached out asking for their own brochure. If you’re reading this, Croce, we’ll leave you with this friendly message from @jmlandais:

“You definitely are good at your work. Turned your angst in a great brochure that stroke a nerve. I think you can ask for a raise.”

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