In Celebration Of Funny Latinas
Hot Take Time:™ Latinas aren’t given nearly enough credit for being the funniest people on the planet.
Let’s fix that by focusing on a few of the most hilarious women in recent history. OK? OK!
If you’ve never seen “¿Qué Pasa, USA?,” you need to get on that immediately. If you’re already a fan, you’ll agree the show’s shining star is far and away Velia Martínez as the quintessential Cuban abuela. The episode in which she attempts to pass her citizenship test is *kisses fingertips* pure comedic gold, especially when you keep in mind that Velia was actually fluent in English the entire time.
Eva Longoria gets a lot of well-deserved attention for her work in politics and media in general, but not enough is said about her truly impeccable comedic timing. Need evidence? Look no further than her Golden Globes bit with fellow Latina America Ferrera.
…Speaking of America: Yup, she’s here, too! Because as excited as we are for her turn in “Superstore,” “Ugly Betty” remains a comedy classic thanks in large part to America’s expert ability to mix being hopelessly awkward and endlessly endearing in a charming, hilarious way.
If you’ve never watched Shayla Rivera’s thoughts on why there’s no dude equivalent of “Girls Gone Wild” for women, do yourself a huge favor and watch that now. With all due respect to those with balls, “huevos aren’t pretty.” Sorry.
Sandra mines a lot of humor not only from being female and Latina (like, you know, every other awesome person on this list), but also from being gay. Check out her bit on being gay, Mexican and pale (Yes, she’s heard aaaallll the nicknames) right over here.
Aida’s stand-up comedy is based on saying the things we all want to, but usually can’t. For example, when discussing the joys of motherhood Aida says, “I have a seventeen-year-old daughter. And I don’t like that bitch.” Which: fair. We’ve all been a teen girl. We get it.
Not only was she basically the poster woman for grumpy Latinas everywhere as April Ludgate, Aubrey was also the voice of the grumpiest of all cats. She’s made the switch to the big screen in movies like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Safety Not Guaranteed” (where she showed she can do more subtle, “why-is-this-making-me-cry” comedy, too) and “The To Do List.” Plus, she’s Chris Bosh’s mom.
Anjelah Johnson’s been at this whole comedy thing for some time now. You might remember her best for her time on MADtv, but she’s also been in movies, including lending her voice to “The Book of Life.” If you want more Anjelah, you can enjoy her 2015 comedy special, “Not Fancy,” riiiight now.
A fact about ICON Belita Moreno: Not only was she one of the best, most hilarious things about “George Lopez,” she also had a role in CAMP CLASSIC “Mommie Dearest,” which automatically makes her an idol now and forever. Honestly, just look at her acting credits — which include “Full House,” “Golden Girls,” “Roseanne” and “Melrose Place” — and bow down.
No matter how you might feel like about her character Gloria’s comments about what it means to be Colombian, there’s no doubt that Sofia, in addition to being a pretty phenomenal business woman, is a kickass comedic actress with terrific timing and a willingness to do whatever it takes for the sake of a joke.
Her NBC sitcom was gone too soon, but we cannot wait to see what Cristela comes up with next. And in the meantime, we have her stellar stand-up to keep us going. Her bit about going to nightclubs is a great place to start.
Like, I want to hang out with Gina Brillon. I want us to get drinks and maybe some mozzarella stick situation and just talk about whatever she feels like that talking about…like being in your 30s and still loving the beautiful tragedy that is Forever 21. Plus, she just so happens to be Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ protégée. No big deal.
Sofia’s been featured on BuzzFeed and Más Mejor and is set to star in an upcoming comedy on ABC. So keep your eye on her for sure. In the meantime, you can check out her web series about dating (and then very quickly… not dating).
Cardi B is, in a word, perfect. She’s woke, ambitious, driven, smart, and funny as hell. Her Instagram videos are super addictive and will keep you laughing for hours. If you’re not devoted to Cardi B, then we can’t be friends. This is, after all, the woman who gave the world the immortal phrase “A ho never gets cold.”
Did we miss your favorite funny Latina? Let us know, below!