Latinos will not be left out of the burgeoning downtown revitalization - the coming years will see the Conga Room relocate to the L.A. Live complex near Staples Center. But before even that, something not specifically Latino, but a field we have a strong part of will have already arrived in downtown: Comedy!
Residents of the revitalized downtown Los Angeles area don't need to jump on the 101 to Hollywood anymore to catch a decent stand up comedy show anymore. Established Latino comedians Anthony Dominguez and Francisco (aka "Cisco") are launching a regular weekly comedy night this month starting Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at Casey's Irish Bar and Grille at 613 S. Grand in the Heart of Downtown L.A. The show starts at 8 PM.
"We are bringing something to an area of the City that doesn't have much in the way of entertainment yet," says Dominguez, who along with Francisco will host the night.
"We are looking to bring it to the many people who have moved to the area for work. We are bringing a very diverse show, with talented performers from every background."
Dubbed "Underground Comedy" because of the steps you have to take down from the sidewalk on S. Grand Avenue to go in to the bar and restaurant, the Comedians ran a trial run at the venue in December to make sure it was a decent fit and were pleased with the location.
"Each week we will have a headliner," Dominguez stated. "We anticipate we will have comics who have appeared on DefJam Comedy Jam, SiTv, Comedy Central and even The Tonight Show. We are at an advantage since we are on a weeknight."
Underground Comedy celebrates its official opening at Casey's on Tuesday, January 23, 2007. For more information please go to www.myspace.com/caseyscomedy or call 562-900-4772.
Anthony Dominguez (website: www.anthonydominguez.com) is a comedic writer and stand up comic who has performed at many of the popular local comedy clubs. He has hosted numerous comedic and music events and his unique humor is a hit with audiences everywhere. He is in the process of completing a screenplay based on his real life experiences.
Francisco aka "Cisco" (website: www.muyfunny.com) began his comedy career on April 30, 2003 and has kept moving forward. His hysterical story-telling, along with his wild humor, have made him an instant success and a fan favorite wherever he performs. His national TV debut was on "Loco Comedy Jam" shown on the mun2 cable network.
Camilo Arenivar is a freelance journalist who has written numerous articles for LatinoLA.com and other organizations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org