Kiki Melendez, a successful actress/producer based in Los Angeles is being recognized and celebrated by LA's premiere Spanish-language newspaper, La Opinion, for her accomplishments and contributions as a Latina in Los Angeles. Melendez is one of the winners of the newspaper's 2012 Mujeres Destacada (Noticeable Women) Awards.
La Opinion will have a feature story on the exceptional comedian in today's issue (May 28th, 2012). This actress, writer, producer and presenter, is the creator of Hot Tamales Live--an award winning talent show that celebrates diversity in America through performances of comedians. Melendez is also known as a prominent radio personality in the American market.
Named American Latina Pioneer in Entertainment, Kiki was the only female comedienne nominated for the first annual American Latino Awards. She received the Key to Hartford, Connecticut by Mayor Perez making "Cinco De Mayo 2007" Kiki Melendez Day in Hartford. She was also given two Certificates of Appreciation by Mayor Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, California, a proclamation by the State of New York, and she received the prestigious "MAVERICK AWARD" by the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival. Kiki is truly our generation's crossover poster child.
She is an ctress, writer, producer, host and creator of Hot Tamales Live!, a talent showcase that celebrates diversity in America through performances by comics, sketch artists and dancers. Under Melendez's guidance, Hot Tamales Live had a critically acclaimed premiere debut May 5, 2009 on Showtime Television, America's leading Premium Cable Network. This TV Special received great ratings and rave reviews.
Kiki has just inked a deal with Emmy Award winners Agustin and Philip Goldfine to produce three more TV Specials -- Hot Tamales Live 3 and 4 -- and a new brand of comedy called Fried Bananas. Kiki is known as the LOPRAH (Latina Oprah) on general market television!
Her first job was as morning host for radio stations La Nueva FM 105.9 in New York and KRLA Groove 103.1 in Los Angeles. In 1998, Melendez successfully transitioned from radio to TV with her own series "Kiki Desde Hollywood" which aired through Galavision Network. Melendez hosted and produced for 13 episodes. The show went on to become the No. 1 ranked entertainment show in the network's history. It was America's first bilingual variety show.