Giving Entertainers a Step Up

Thee Mr. Duran Show exceeds expectations, celebrates third anniversary

By Mike Herrera
Published on LatinoLA: November 6, 2003

Giving Entertainers a Step Up

Three years ago, Richard Duran, a volunteer cameraman for what was then Buena Vista Cable Company and now known as Adelphia Cable, started his own cable variety show. Seeing a need to give aspiring entertainers recognition and a place to start as well as informing the public of entertainment activities and other happenings in the community, Richard Duran started ?Thee Mr. Duran Show? in the year 2000.

The show, which is a rare blend of old entertainers, now happenings and new upcoming stars, has grown beyond expectations.

"The first show, I was just giving out information to the community like a newscast on a half hour time slot," says the outspoken Duran.

?Thee Mister Duran Show,? now one hour long, just celebrated its third year Anniversary with none other that Comedian/Actor George Lopez (pictured with Mr. Duran. Lopez, who appeared on Thee Mr. Duran Shows? first anniversary states, ?They should keep Thee Mr. Duran Show on forever! It's a great service to the community and a good place for new entertainers to start.? The Three-year anniversary show was also Duran's 69th show.

In the three years he has hosted the show, Duran has interviewed many entertainers such as Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriquez, Tony Plana, Edward James Olmos, Don King, Danny Trejo, boxer Paul Gonzales, boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jimmie Reyes of Hot 92 Jams Radio, female boxer Mia Saint John and Huggy Boy.

The show has also hosted many area bands playing live on the show. Some of the bands have been musicians from ?Thee Midniters? -- the group that inspired the name ?Thee Mr. Duran Show?-- as well as Tierra, The Essence, Redbone, The Blazers, The Monclairs, LA Blues, SOTO, Down With 3 (D.W.3) and the list keeps growing. ?Only five shows did not have a live band," says Duran. "We are really here for the up-and-coming artists, like child singer Allison Iraheta, vocalist Monica Padilla and singer Sabrina Gonzales, who appeared on the three-year anniversary show.

"Thee Mr. Duran Show" has been shown mainly on cable stations throughout Los Angeles, with new sponsors and growing popularity. Duran is exploring the possibilities of hosting a show on a local television station where he can reach an even larger audience and further help new entertainers.

Duran and members of the show have formed a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting youth who want to enter the entertainment field. The Duran Foundation will provide scholarships to youth wanting to seek training in the entertainment field, not just actors and singers but camera persons, stage crew electricians and other behind the scenes workers. The non-profit organization will host a number of fundraisers throughout the year. For more information on the Richard Duran Show please E-mail

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