"Alex Reymundo is a Red-nexican." - Interview

Alex Reymundo, one of the original Latin kings of comedy, is back with a new one hour comedy special. Airing on Showtime on Tuesday, May 4th (check local listings), the stand-up comedy veteran, whose new special is titled, “Red-nexican,” talks about “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Reymundo recently stopped by and gave us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but…

Q - You were one of the "Original Latin Kings of Comedy." Going back to that time, how did that tour come together?

A - I had just moved to California from Texas/Kentucky and was lucky enough that Paul Rodriguez and producer Scott Montoya caught a look of what I was doing; they dug it and I started opening shows for Paul. After a year of that Paul and Scott knew that the time was ripe for the Latino population to hear some of its diverse voices. Paul called on friends and comedy icons Cheech (Marin) and George Lopez so that they could rightfully call it Latin Kings. He also believed that some new voices should be heard. Joey Medina, I, and a hand full of other talented comics were asked to shoot the show. Paul let us know that “not all of the young guns would make the cut, so don't suck.” Joey and I made the cut.

Q - It seems that your colleagues went onto television and film while you stayed primarily on the comedy circuit. Have you always wanted to be a comedian?

A - At the time that we shot Latin Kings, Paul, Cheech and George (or I like to say, the Mexican Beatles) were already doing television, films and had huge careers. Latin Kings exploded George (rightfully so). Since the Latin Kings, I have worked on four films, have done voice over work for Disney and had a development deal with Showtime for a scripted show. It didn't come to be but I still have an incredible relationship with Showtime; thus my second 1hour stand-up special with the network is about to premiere on Tuesday, May 4th. Tune in! And yes I LOVE STAND-UP!!! My father was always my hero, and then I realized Elvis got more chicks, so showbiz it was.

Q - Your act is branded as half-Latino, half-Hillbilly and all Hick-Spanic, which lends itself to your new Showtime special, "Red-nexican." What can fans expect from the new special?

A - The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, according to me. In other words, the consumption of my dysfunction.

Q - This is your second hour long television special. How have you grown as a comedian since your first special?

A - I'm not afraid to let people see who I really am and what I really think. I'm enjoying the storyteller that I'm becoming. I'm still a very matter of fact, immature, sexually driven husband and father of two with an immigrant work ethic.

Q - Do you ever watch yourself on stage and think, "I should have gone with this joke" or "I should have never said that joke?"

A - Not really, the stage is a very real place for me and I always try to speak my mind. I may change it later but if I have said something on stage, I probably needed to.

Q - One of the things I love about your material is that it's universal and does not just appeal to a certain demographic. When you decided to begin formulating an act, what was your thinking in terms of reaching an audience?

A – Well, thank you. I usually just try express my thoughts, what I'm going through or noticing at the time. I then take those ideas and try to convey them in a form that is palatable for ANYBODY, and not just a Latino or White audience.

Q - Do you still keep in touch with George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez and Joey Medina?

A - Yes, at times various combinations of us will get together for a benefit or show of some sort. We all keep pretty busy with our own schedules. (Thanks Paul!)

Q - Is there ever any jealousy among the five of you in terms of who is more successful or famous?

A - Not at all, at least for me. I'm very happy with my life both professionally and personally. If you spend your life pissed about what could have been, you’re probably missing what's really happening

BYLINE:

Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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