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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!

Velia Martínez

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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

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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.

America Ferrera

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…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.

Shayla Rivera

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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 Valls

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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 Rodriguez

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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.

Aubrey Plaza

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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

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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.

Belita Moreno

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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.

Sofia Vergara

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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.

Cristela Alonzo

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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.

Gina Brillon

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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 Gonzalez

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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

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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.”

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Did we miss your favorite funny Latina? Let us know, below!

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

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The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldana Are Teaming Up to Produce ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ for HBO Max

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Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldana Are Teaming Up to Produce ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ for HBO Max

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Looking for a show to fill the “Jane the Virgin”-shaped hole in your heart? Well, we may have some good news! Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldana teamed up on a new series called “The Gordita Chronicles” for HBO Max.

According to Deadline, “The Gordita Chronicles” will a follow a “willful, chubby, 12-year-old Dominican” named Carlota ‘Cucu’ Castelli. Cucu “struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream.”

Zoe Saldana has long been a producer on “The Gordita Chronicles”, while Eva Longoria was recently tapped to direct the pilot episode and executive produce the series.

But these two powerful Latinas aren’t the only ones with their hands on this project. Dominican-American producer and writer, Claudia Forestieri is the brains behind this series.

Forestieri is a former Telemundo reporter who changed tracks and began a career in TV-writing. She has previously written for Latino-centric shows like “Selena: The Series” and “Good Trouble”. Forestieri is a self-described “bilingual & biracial TV writer of Dominican-Italian descent who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami.”

Eva Longoria took to Instagram to express her elation over being involved in such a trailblazing project.

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“The Gordita Chronicles” is the perfect-storm of Hollywood Latino talent that have been working to have a project like this greenlit for a long time.

“I’m BEYOND excited & honored to announce my part within this brilliant team of women coming together to create ‘The Gordita Chronicles’,” she wrote. “I’ll be directing the pilot, while working alongside the amazing and talented @claudiforest, @brigliebs, @zoesaldana, and so many more!!”

She ended the statement with a comment and the sad state of Latino representation in Hollywood. “The lack of representation and diversity in Hollywood continues to be a major focus, rightfully so, and I’m so honored to be a part of the change!”

To make things more exciting, they have already found their lead. After an intensive search, producers cast an up-and-coming Afro-Latina child actress named Olivia Goncalves.

Per Deadline: “The Gordita Chronicles centers Carlota ‘Cucu’ Castelli (Goncalves), a willful 12-year-old Dominican immigrant with a heart of gold. Cucu leaves her home and her parochial school in Santo Domingo to live in Miami and pursue the American Dream during the hedonistic 1980s after her father, a marketing executive with a large airline, gets transferred there.”

The show will focus on Cucu as she “meets head-on the challenges of being an immigrant in a strange new world with humor, bravado and some really bad choices.”

If the synopsis is any indication of the show’s promise, please count us in! This sounds like a heartwarming, unique story that Hollywood doesn’t spotlight often enough. We can’t wait to watch!

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