Six years ago, Greg Giraldo died of an apparent drug overdose. Any stand-up comedy fan will tell you that Giraldo, the son of a Colombian immigrant, was one of the best roast comedians ever. And they’d be right. No one could match his acerbic tongue and quick wit–not surprising given that Giraldo was a former lawyer with two Ivy League degrees (Columbia for undergrad, Harvard for law school).
But what made Greg Giraldo truly great is his ability to not only identify the bulls**t, but to bring it front and center. As my colleague Lucas Molandes once put it:
Whether it was a roast or his live show, Greg was an assassin of the hypocrisy, frustrations and ignorance that most people wouldn’t have noticed without him. And he never came off cruel during his most aggressive moments on stage. He wasn’t spiteful. He wasn’t an insult comic. He was passionate. Watching Greg was like watching a Bushido slice open the bloated stomach of society. And in those short moments he was on stage, we lived his frustrations and experienced a sense of strength that can only come from being so vulnerable.
Giraldo showed us that the truth was so ugly it’d make you want to laugh and cry.
And for good measure, here’s one of my favorite bits of his. In it, Giraldo masterfully dissects what it feels like to be considered not Latino enough, the hypocrisy of anti-immigration rhetoric, and how terribly Latinos are portrayed in media. He does this all in under four minutes.
Greg Giraldo was not as famous as he should’ve been (a tired joke that people who introduced him at roasts would make repeatedly), but his comedy clearly still had enough of an impact on me that I spent the better part of my morning remembering just how great he truly was. I encourage you to do the same.
The term “anchor baby” is an offensive term that President Donald Trump used before his political career. The phrase refers to the children of undocumented people U.S. By law, that makes them U.S. citizens. The term, however, is Trump’s way of demonizing the offspring of immigrants. Calling anyone an anchor baby is a moot point because everyone in the United States comes from immigrants except Native Americans, and some Mexicans whose ancestors were born on U.S. soil when the land still belonged to Mexico. But all of this is to say, the majority of U.S. citizens come from immigrants. Never the less, the term was brought up recently due to the impending ICE raids.
After Trump threatened undocumented people in the U.S. with ICE raids last week, comedian George Lopez told them to detain Trump’s “anchor” babies.
“Uh, @icegov ‘if your listening’ you can find these immigrants at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – Signed Enrique Empanada the third 😭😭 #vivalaraza #45melapela.”
The post included mariachi music and the Trump family with photoshopped sombreros.
Lopez’s use of “anchor baby” is using Trump’s words against him by suggesting that his ex-wife and current wife, both immigrants, had children in the U.S. making them citizens, which is a birthright.
Lopez is a loud opponent of Trump and his administration since before the election. It began after the then-candidate referred to Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals.”
During his 2017 comedy special, Lopez said if he ever ran into Trump, he would sexually assault him since he said that is what Mexicans do. Lopez also pretended to urinate on Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a plastic water bottle.
So did people like the joke? Hmmm…yes and no.
The joke can be taken different ways depending how you look at it. For some people, it is great to see these words weaponized against the man who is harming the community.
He’s only saying what Trump has been saying for years.
Trump and Lopez have the same logic, which makes the joke very funny. They think that using insults is the way to debate these kinds of issues. Clearly, the Instagram post is catching people’s attention.
Did he go too far?
People didn’t like that he used a picture of the youngest Trump. However, to be fair, Trump has no issue with infants being taken from parents at the southern border and left in detention centers. Those in the detention centers have ended up getting pretty sick lately.
Lopez gained new fans from the joke.
They say some humor is supposed to be offensive. Not to mention that political comedy can get really offensive since people don’t like being challenged.
Oh, come on now. Why are you crying?
Did you think the joke was funny or do you think that Lopez went a step too far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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