04/03/2013 9:36 AM
Music and film veterans, Mike Gotti-Acquisto and Larry Tank Jones have launched The Latin Comedy Jam, a tour of hilarious proportions, blending situational and topical comedy delivered by the world’s top Latino comedians.
The tour makes a stop in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8pm.
Acquisto and Jones began their decades-long collaboration as members of Hip Hop group Twenty Two, which ultimately served as the opening act on a nine-month tour with LL Cool J.
Of The Latin Comedy Jam, Acquisto said: “We wanted to create a show that features Latin comedians with the sole purpose of bringing laughter to our audience.”
Added Jones: “The idea behind The Latin Comedy Jam came from our own personal experiences of opening up for other comedians and we thought if we could create our own show with a Latin spin, the fans of comedy would appreciate it.”
Even after completing their own opening act for national tours and moving on to other business and entertainment ventures, Acquisto and Jones’ collaboration is something they sought to continue. The relentless popularity of comedy acts in a very hip second- and third-generation Latin American community sparked the seed of the tour. They relish using their mix of comedy, music and acting experience on this tour which features a robust roster of comedic talents such as Luke Torres, Carlos Oscar, Jerry Garcia and Dillon Garcia – the four who will appear along with Ernie G, Friday, May 10th in Corpus Christi.
Ultimately, the duo hatched The Latin Comedy Jam over what they humorously call the ‘drug deal.’ Reconnecting after seven years, Acquisto called Jones about the concept, which Jones loved. With no time for a meeting, Jones met Acquisto on a city street corner, discreetly handing him cash via a handshake which was half a touring fee and said “Let’s do this, gotta run.”
“It was completely on the up and up, but it happened so fast, it felt like one of 'those deals',” laughs Acquisto.
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And so goes the ‘click’ of their partnership, as well as the chemistry among the high caliber roster of talent in the Jam’s lineup. The duo says they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The chemistry must be right,” said Acquisto who had great success with his own Hokis Pokis record label, managing Hip Hop artists and working on behalf of Sony Music, among others. “The entire team has a powerful role in this tour. We’re counting on them, they deliver the best in the business and we are thrilled to roll this great entertainment production across the country,” Acquisto said.
“There is a lot of talent around,” added Jones who has enjoyed beefy roles in film and television such as Three Kings and Breaking Bad and also founded the Choices Empowerment Program, a children’s empowerment philanthropic project.
Describing the tour’s team, Jones said: “We figure why not spend time with those who are the best at what they do, and also just good people. We’re thrilled to have this team. It’s working!”
Indeed, the tour has more than 30 shows scheduled.
Members of The Latin Comedy Jam – all English speakers by the way -- hail from as far away as Bolivia as well as from Miami and Los Angeles. Each is an independent comedic headliner with significant stage and television credits among them. The roster features Luke Torres, Carlos Oscar, Jerry Garcia, Jill Michele Melean, Ernie G, Johnny Sanchez, Rudy Moreno, Noe Gonzalez and Dillon Garcia.
“It’s great to be part of this comedy production,” Oscar said, who was named Entertainer of the Year by Princess Cruises in 2012. “The country loves our brand of comedy – what a ride it is already.”
The show features a show host and, depending on the booking, up to six comedians, making for a vibrantly hilarious night of great fun.
The Latin Comedy Jam lineup of comedic talents has a string of primetime credits, too. From Johnny Sanchez’s recent stint on The Latin Kings of Comedy to Luke Torres starring on In Living Color. Others have TV credits include HBO, Gabriel Iglesias, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Reno 911 and MadTV, even movie credits such as Happy Feet.
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10am at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply. Visit AmericanBankCenter.com for more info.
About The Latin Comedy Jam. TLCJ is a new national tour of the world’s most accomplished Latino comedic talent who hail from Bolivia to Miami, delivering hilarious entertainment with nearly universal appeal. The tour is founded by veteran entertainers Mike Gotti-Acquisto and Tank Jones, stars of the former hip hop duo “22,’ who served as show openers for LL Cool Jay himself. For more information, visit www.TheLatinComedyJam.com
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The Latin Comedy Jam Comic Information for Corpus Christi Show
About Carlos Oscar. Carlos Oscar’s brand of comedy has landed him several TV appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and according to Bill Cosby, “Carlos’ favorite four-letter words are ‘wife’, ‘kids’, ‘debt’ and ‘help.” Oscar has also been seen most recently on HBO and Comedy Central.
About Luke Torres. Luke Torres debuted into the comedy scene when he landed a spot on “In Living Color” working the stage next to Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and Jamie Foxx. Afterwards, Torres landed a deal with CBS for his own sitcom where he honed his craft as a comedian, impressionist and musician traveling around the country. Torres was also the opening act for Dennis Miller, Howie Mandel, George Carlin and many others!
About Dillon Garcia. Dillon Garcia is the newest comedian to enter the comedy world and lives by his own motto, “Make it to the top, or die trying.” After Garcia realized that people often looked to him for comedic relief for his everyday occurrences Garcia found himself at the Hollywood Improv in 2008 where he presented his comedy idol Gabriel Iglesias. Garcia was featured on seasons I and II of Gabriel Iglesias’s Stand Up Revolution.
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