Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m.
It’s Comedy Caliente! Spend the night laughing along with the side-splitting, insightful comedy of some of today’s top talent in the Latin-American comic scene. Nothing is off limits in this no-holds-barred show featuring the comedic artistry of: Mark Viera, Melanie Iglesias, Steve Trevino, Francisco Ramos and Kiki Melendez.
NYC-born comedian Mark Viera has been dubbed by many as the Latino Bernie Mac. A soul- baring storyteller, Mark consistently drives his audience to hysterics; to watch Viera perform is a unique comedy experience. Come witness the dazzling combination of heartfelt humor and raw honesty that is Mark Viera. Mark has been seen on: NBC’s Emmy® award-winning show, 30 ROCK, Byron Allen’s, Comics Unleashed, Comedy Central’s, Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand Up Revolution and Russell Simmons Presents: Live At The El Rey, BET’s, Comic View and AXS TV’s, Gotham Comedy Live.
Melanie Iglesias is best known for being a correspondent on MTV’s, Off the Bat, where she plays pranks, interviews players and celebrities, and showcases lifestyle features. Iglesias is also well known for appearing on MTV’s, Guy Code/Girl Code. A Brooklyn native, Iglesias began her modeling career when she won Maxim’s “Hometown Hotties” contest back in 2010. Since then, she has been featured in Esquire as “Woman of 2012”, Vibe Magazine's "30 Sexiest Celebrities Under 30”, and Latina Magazine’s “30 Under 30 of 2014”.
In addition to modeling, Iglesias created a YouTube channel to showcase her comedy skills, with videos entitled "The Melanie Iglesias Flip Books" as well as the web series, "WhatGirlsReally.” The videos have drawn over ten million hits.
Francisco Ramos is one of the top 10 finalists from this season’s Last Comic Standing, and he will appear as Ramon on the new Netflix show Lady Dynamite. Ramos is also the voice of the lead marmoset in the movie RIO with Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg. He has toured worldwide as a standup comic, including going to Afghanistan to perform for the US troops. Ramos has appeared in the Byron Allen syndicated show First Family, has appeared in several sketches for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and is also a part of Steve Carell’s new TBS pilot Tribeca.
Award-winning comedienne, actress, writer and producer, Kiki Melendez grew up in New York City of Dominican descent. She started her show business career as a morning radio host for La Nueva FM, 105.9 in New York and KRLA, Groove 103.1 in Los Angeles. Her first TV pilot, Salsa desde Hollywood was acquired by Galavision Network and her followup, Kiki desde Hollywood, became the highest rated entertainment show on the Galavision Network.
In 2009, she created the Showtime Networks smash hit, Hot Tamales Live!—a talent showcase celebrating ethnic diversity through comic, sketch artist and dancer performances. Hot Tamales Live! was also the closing show at the 2010 HBO Comedy Festival at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Among her many awards, Kiki Melendez has earned: American Latino Pioneer in Entertainment, The Lupe Ontiveros Visionary Award (Georgia Latin Film Festival), American Latino Award (nomination) and the prestigious MAVERICK AWARD (Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival.) Her film credits include her critically acclaimed biopic, Journey of a Female Comic, and the films Day Shift, National Lampoon’s Cattle Call, and Benny Blissand The Disciples of Greatness. Her television credits include: Tracy Ullman Takes On (HBO), Strong Medicine (Lifetime), City Guys (NBC), Steve Harvey Show (WB), and more.
Currently, Melendez is starring in and executive producing a national show called #Locos y Contentos on Estrella TV. In the tradition of SNL, Mad TV and In Living Color, #Locos y Contentos is the culmination of her years of trying to create a national platform for Latino comics.
Steve Trevino is fast becoming one of the country’s hottest comics and the new voice for the 21st century Mexican American. Finding his way from a Hispanic upbringing in a small South Texas town, to living his dream in Hollywood, Trevino's comedy is infused with a “TEX-MEX” sensibility. Yet as a performer, he has a uniquely American voice that transcends anything about ethnicity. Outside of being a national headliner, Steve Trevino has made memorable appearances on shows like The Late Late Show, Comics Unleashed and BET Comic View. He also wrote on Mind of Mencia and produced and wrote on rapper Pit Bull’s La Esquina. Trevino landed in the Nielsen Top 20, with his first Showtime comedy special, Grandpa Joe's Son. His second special Relatable is currently on Netflix.