Between Laker games, and World Cup soccer midnight matches, four of my friends and I managed to check out the Latino Comedy Showcase at the Ice House in Pasadena last night. It was hilarious! We laughed non-stop for two and a half hours.
Rudy Moreno [http://www.rudymoreno.com] is the host, and not only was he very funny himself, but he presented six or seven other great comedians, most of them Latinos. George Lopez was one of them (his TV show is supposed to be back on the air this coming up September, by the way), and his observations on the Chicano idiosyncrasies had us laughing our hearts out. Rick Gutierrez, from San Antonio, Texas, was the closing act and he was unbelievably hilarious, his lines were funny, his body language was beyond that; simply said, he kept us ?rolling on the floor?. I highly recommend going to see them.
For those considering attending, here?s some information that may be helpful:
The Ice House is located at 24 North Mentor Avenue, in Pasadena, off the 210 freeway. Get off the freeway at Lake Avenue and go South. Turn left on Walnut and right on Mentor. Mentor goes south only and that is what makes it tricky. The Ice House will be to your left and parking will be right across the club to your right. Parking is $3.00.
Call them and make reservations. My friends and I went without any, and although we got in, for a minute there we were wondering whether they would send us back home. Their phone number is 818 577-1894.
Arrive at least 20 minutes early. They will give you color coded cards, first come first served, which will determine how good your seats will be.
Plan on spending at least $35 per person. Cover charge is $10. There?s a minimum purchase of two drinks per person, and for sure you?ll want to order some fried calamari or maybe some chicken wings. My drink recommendation: get a Scorpion, it?s a good mix of vodka and fruit juices served in a large bowl that counts for two drinks and goes for about $14.
Although their advertisement says the show is from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., it actually ends around 10:45 p.m., and then you?ll have a chance to look around or maybe purchase a Rudy Moreno CD (one of my friends bought it, and I hear is just as funny.)
I have gone to several other Latino comedy nights, and in comparison, this has been the best yet. It will definitely be worth your time and your money. Go support the Latino comedians, and remember: "a laugh a day, keeps the doctor away!"
The Latino Comedy Showcase
Most Tuesday Nights at the Ice House
24 North Mentor Avenue