If you’re at all familiar with record label Kill Rock Stars and comedian Cameron Esposito, then you know a marriage of the two would be something that dreams are made of. As luck would have it, KRS announced this week that they will be releasing Esposito’s second stand-up album, bringing her to Portland to record in May. That gives you plenty of time to pack all your denim, get tickets and hit the Oregon Trail. If you still need convincing, or if you’re at all unfamiliar with either the legendary record label or Cameron “The Future of Comedy” Esposito, then strap in for a trip down memory lane. Seems the Pacific Northwest is about to make some more queer entertainment landmarks.
It seems impossible to be a comedy fan and to have not heard of Sandra Valls, Diana Yanez and Maria Russell but if you count yourself among the minority, The Latina Christmas Special is here for you. Combined Artform & Atomictuna Productions have brought these three hilarious women together to share touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told in one-woman show format. Promising to become a holiday tradition for Los Angelinos, Valls, a Mexican America from Laredo, Texas – Yanez, a Cuban American from Miami–and Russell, the daughter of an over-dedicated Mexican mother and compliant Lithuanian father, share their sassy tales of the season as first generation Americans.
With widely recognized talent, seen on Margaret Cho’s Sensuous Woman Show (Yanez), The Latin Divas of Comedy (Valls) and Howie Mandel’s: Deal with It (Russell), these woman have adapted their funny to this theatrical format and are thrilled to present it to audiences for four shows only before the 2013 Holiday Season. Yanez, a stand-up comic hailing from the “other” Cuba (,Miami Beach, Florida), took time out of her holiday preparations and birthday weekend to give me a little background on her start in comedy and what brought these three powerhouses together.
I’m in a new relationship. Super fun! I know! It’s exciting. She’s amazing. She’s absolutely fantastic. I know! She, meaning I’m gay. I know. Take a second. And we’re back! No fresh balls for me.