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20 Funny Jaja Latinos Who Should Be On SNL Right Now

Despite the lack of evidence on “Saturday Night Live,” there are tons of hilarious and badass Latino comedians. To prove our point, we’ve decided to roundup 20 amazingly talented Latinx comedians who could totally rock it out on the show.

1. Veronica Orsorio

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I mean, she looks right at home on that iconic stage! An actress, writer, and comedian, Veronica Orsorio is a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Her character work, sketches and improv background make her a perfect person for “Saturday Night Live.” You should definitely check her out in Más Mejor’s “Diego & Valentina” series.

2. Jesenia

You know when someone is so funny, it’s almost painful to watch their sketches, because you’re laughing so much it feels like you just did an ab workout? That’s Jesenia.

She’s part of Comedy High Productions, and we’re obsessed with her. Her characters are ridiculous, and she’s an incredible actress to boot. SNL would be better with her on the show.

3. Jenni Ruiza

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A frequent collaborator with Jesenia, Jenni is an incredible singer and comedian. She and Jesenia are also behind the “Still No Latinas” campaign, specifically addressing the lack of Latina representation on SNL, and host a podcast together called The Fixxx. Check it out!

4. Selene Luna

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A stand-up comic, burlesque artist, writer and speaker, Selene Luna is super versatile and taking the industry by storm. She’s got one hell of a resume that includes working with Margaret Cho and Dita Von Teese, and we’re obsessed.

5. Gina Brillon

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Whenever Latina comedians are brought up, you can bet that Gina’s name is mentioned many times, and with good reason. A stand-up, writer, actress and winner of NBC’s 2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase, Gina is a bonafide badass. She’s got the experience and the comedy chops, so what are you waiting for SNL?!

6. Patti Vasquez

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Patti Vasquez, aka “Lipstick Mom,” is a Chicago-based comedian. She’s also the host of The Patti Vasquez Show on Chicago’s WGN Radio, and creator of the series “Patti Happens.”

7. Monique Marvez

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Monique has not one but three comedy specials: “Latin Divas of Comedy,” “Snoop Dogg Presents the Bad Girls of Comedy,” and her own Showtime special, “Not Skinny, Not Blonde.” She. Can. Get. It. Plus, she’s always touring and performing live.

8. Marga Gomez

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As it states on her website:

MARGA GOMEZ has appeared on LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” Showtime’s “Latino Laugh Festival,” Comedy Central’s “Out There” and HBO’s “Comic Relief” at the invitation of Robin Williams who called her “Amazing… a lesbian Lenny Bruce.”

Hell. Yes. If someone had Robin Williams’ seal of approval, do they even need anything else? SNL would be lucky to have this incredible performer.

9. Debi Gutierrez

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Not only is Debi a stand-up comedian, she’s also an actress with tons of television appearances. Her relatable humor makes her incredibly down-to-earth, and when you watch her you feel like you know her. Which makes her a perfect addition to the SNL ensemble. Since she also has lots of hosting experience, we could totally see her as an anchor on Weekend Update.

10. Joanna Hausmann

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Homegirl is hilarious, and she does it all. She’s a video creator, writer and producer for Univision’s digital comedy platform, Flama

Her videos are satirical and often address issues many young Latinas face today. Like this video:  Things White Latinos Are Sick of Hearing. For Latinas who look white, THIS VIDEO IS SO SO REAL. PRAISE YOU QUEEN.

11. Vladimir Caamaño

Dancing at fisherman’s wharf.

A video posted by Vladimir Caamano (@laughingvlad) on Jan 9, 2016 at 6:48pm PST

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It’s been a prettyyyy good year for Vladimir Caamaño. He’s set to star in an NBC comedy, “Vlad,” based on his own experience growing up Dominican in the Bronx, was featured in Howie Mandel’s “Just For Laughs,” and is busy co-hosting a podcast called “In The Conversation” in addition to touring all over the damn place. His impression of his dad’s habit of making weird sounds while talking is seriously ALL OUR DADS. Uncanny.

12. Gabriel Iglesias

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Gabriel Iglesias isn’t fat, he’s fluffy. Fun fact: Early on in his career, Iglesias starred on Nickelodeon’s “All That.” Nowadays, he’s known for his colorful storytelling, impressions and sound effects. His material often tackles the issue of weight; he’s even defined the “Five Levels of Fatness,” to which he recently added a sixth: “Oh, Hell No!” The Mexican-American comedian has his own show on FuseTV starting April 7th, “Fluffy Breaks Even,” and is embarking on a comedy tour of the same name.

13. Cristela Alonzo

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Cristela Alonzo is one for the history books. In 2014, she became the first Latina to write, produce and star in her own network TV sitcom, “Cristela.” Alonzo will conquer the big screen in May’s “Angry Birds” movie and she’s currently touring around California. Although there are many Latinos dominating the stand up scene, the Latinas are few and far between. Work it, Cristela!

14. Felipe Esparza

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Esparza was the first Latino to win “Last Comic Standing.” His one-hour special, “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You” appeared on Showtime and is now streaming on Netflix. He also hosts the popular podcast “What’s Up, Fool?,” which is available on his website, along with his tour dates.

15. Chris Garcia

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It’s about time Chris Garcia released a killer comedy album. Born in LA to Cuban parents, Chris Garcia moved to San Francisco where he was named one of the seven funniest people in the city before moving back to tinseltown. Garcia talks openly about his father’s dementia and has been known to tear up onstage. Catch him on the small stage while you still can, he’s one of the best out there. His brand new album “Laughing and Crying at the Same Time” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

16. Ana Breton

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a digital producer on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” has gathered an army of volunteers to put together “La Marcha De Mayo,” a massive protest march happening in NYC this upcoming May. The march’s goal, per Ana, is to bring awareness and visibility to Latinos and immigrants in this ever-charged political climate.

17. Julio Torres

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The hilarious Salvadoran comedian joined SNL as a writer two years ago. Still, wouldn’t it be great to see this funny guy on screen more as a regular?

18. Valencia Perez

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Valencia Perez is the kind of girl we love to hate; beautiful, a yoga instructor, and the apple of almost everyone’s eye. The great thing about “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is that they don’t just make her a bitch because she was dating Josh (Rebecca’s old flame) – she’s a character that feels like a real person, and Gabrielle Ruiz plays her perfectly. 

19. Rosa Diaz

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Let me count the ways I love this AMAZING CHARACTER. Wait – there are too many. Is it possible to be in love with a fictional character but also to be terrified by them? She is tough as nails, and you don’t want to mess with her. But you kind of have to be scary when you’re a detective, right?

20. Amy Santiago

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When you’ve got not one but two incredible Latinas on a show, you know it’s gotta be BOMB. Amy Santiago, while not as scary as Rosa, is still one you don’t want to mess with. She’s also hilarious, as exhibited above.


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Bowen Yang’s Call To Action Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Echoes The Pain Of A Community Under Attack

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Bowen Yang’s Call To Action Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Echoes The Pain Of A Community Under Attack

On March 27, SNL’s Bowen Yang joined “Weekend Update” to deliver a powerful message on the rise in anti-Asian violence. Initially providing some comic relief to the situation, Yang’s tone shifted as he asked the audience to “fuel up.”

“I don’t even want to be doing this ‘Update’ piece,” Yang admitted and in hindsight, he shouldn’t have to.

Yang’s piece began with playful banter between him and ‘Update’ host Colin Jost who referred to him as the “Asian cast member.” While intentionally harmless, the joke alludes to the tokenism of BIPOC voices in pop culture. But Yang’s delivery remains poignant and timely, so listen up.

Diversity on Saturday Night Live is slim. In 2019 Yang became the first Chinese-American cast member and the fourth-ever cast member of Asian descent in SNL’s history. Quickly becoming a fan favorite on the show, other controversies nearly overshadowed his spotlight.

Two years ago SNL announced that they had hired Shane Gillis, but a video of him using anti-Asian slurs began to circulate. Though he issued an apology, Gillis was off the show.

While Yang did not mention this, the dire need to address performative activism and bystander culture are pertinent.

As coronavirus cases began to surge last spring, an epidemic of race-based hate crimes followed suit.

Addressing the recent surge in violent attacks, Yang said “things for Asians have been bleak for the past two weeks; and all the weeks before that.”

According to Stop AAPI Hate’s National Report, verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault were the most common forms of discrimination against Asian Americans.

In addition, 68 percent of hate crimes were reported by Asian women.

On March 17, eight people—including six Asian women—were killed in a mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. The refusal to call the shooting “racially motivated” enraged the public as the rise in brutal attacks intensified.

A day after the Atlanta attack, 76-year-old Xiao Zhen Xie was attacked in San Francisco. She became a viral story on social media after fighting back against her assailant and sending him to the hospital. On March 29, two more anti-Asian hate crimes were reported in New York.

A 65-year-old Filipino woman was verbally and physically attacked on her way to church in Midtown. An Asian man was assaulted and choked on a Manhattan-bound (J) train. The examples of hate crimes on people of Asian descent in the U.S. are limitless and paint a broader picture of the violence terrorizing the community.

As online resources have circulated, Yang wittily critiqued minimal social media solidarity.

When Jost asked if the satirical resources were helpful Yang said, “What can I say to help how insanely bad things are?”

“If someone’s personality is punched an Asian grandma, it’s not a dialogue,” he went on. “I have an Asian grandma; you want to punch her. There ain’t no common ground, mama.”

To those who believe menial forms of support like ordering from a Chinese restaurant or tipping your nail technician are enough, Yang said “Do more!”

Following Xie’s attack, Yang mentioned that her GoFundMe page raised $900,000 which she gave back to her community. “That’s where we are as Asians, now come meet us there,” he said.

As a comedian, Yang said that he’s not just looking for solutions online, but around him.

When reporting potential danger in New York, the saying is “if you see something, say something.” The lack of bystander intervention towards anti-Asian hate crimes is detrimental.

In the case of the 65-year-old woman, whose attacker was charged with a hate crime, the lack of intervention by three bystanders sparked criticism. All workers at a luxury condo where the incident was captured, the three bystanders have since been suspended for their lack of action.

However, witnessing a violent attack may not prompt immediate action out of fear. Luckily resources like Hollaback! are providing free virtual bystander training workshops on safe intervention.

Teaching the five D’s: distract, delegate, document, delay and direct—allies can safely learn to de-escalate incidents. This is just the start to doing more.

Being a proactive ally also includes holding people accountable, educating yourself on the history of anti-Asian sentiments, and donating to civil rights organizations.

To stay engaged listen to Bowen Yang who said, “It’s the year of the metal ox, which basically means a car. So everyone get in, buckle up, it’s no pee breaks. We ride at dawn, grandmas!”

Read: Here’s Why The Attack On Atlanta’s Asian-American Community Is A Crime Against Us All

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Bad Bunny Nearly Kissed Rosalía During His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut

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Bad Bunny Nearly Kissed Rosalía During His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut

Bad Bunny made his Saturday Night Live debut on Feb. 20 as a musical guest. As expected, he was joined by Spanish singer Rosalía for a steamy performance of their duet “La Noche de Anoche.”

Bad Bunny and Rosalía turned up the heat on SNL.

As we predicted, one of Bad Bunny’s two performances was for his latest El Último Tour Del Mundo hit “La Noche de Anoche” with Rosalía. Both artists stared into each other’s eyes as they performed the reggaeton bop. The crowd screamed when Rosalía sang, “Dime papi.” Benito and Rosalía took the embracing from the music video to the next level when they nearly kissed at the end of the performance. There was a lot of brushing of their cheeks that had the crowd screaming more.

Bad Bunny and Rosalía’s romance for “La Noche de Anoche” is just for on-screen purposes. Benito is in a relationship with his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri and Rosalía is rumored to be going out with Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. She has uncredited backing vocals on Alejandro’s song “Dile a Él” from his Afrodisíaco album.

For his second performance, Bad Bunny opted for a ballad.

Currently Bad Bunny has the biggest hit Latin song in the world with “Dákiti” featuring Jhay Cortez. For his second performance, he opted to perform the heartbreaking ballad “Te Deseo Lo Mejor.” With that song he was able to show off the alternative rock edge to his El Último Tour Del Mundo album.

In the episode of SNL hosted by Bridgerton star Rége-Jean Page, Bad Bunny also acted in the digital skit “Loco.” He played a house plant that encouraged Ego Nwodim to “buss it down if you’re mentally ill.”

In other Bad Bunny news, he retained his 24/7 Championship belt during last night’s WWE Elimination Chamber special. He notably slapped his rival on the series, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, in the face.

What can’t Bad Bunny do?

Read: Bad Bunny Is Going All In On Wrestling And We Ain’t Mad About It

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