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Aida Rodriguez on Comedy, Conquering Trolls & Legitimate Kid

Girl, Let Me Tell You
The unapologetic Aida Rodriguez shares her journey as a Latina comedian, conquering trolls, and rising above stereotypes.
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When it comes to art, I think that a lot of us, especially the
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internet has really co-opted this movement where, oh, you
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don't have to, you don't have to really learn anything like
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that's all institution.
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That's not true.
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Like if you respect an art, I don't care what you do, you have
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to respect it and you have to show up.
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What's up.
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Everybody.
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Welcome to another episode of Girl.
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Let me tell you, I'm your girl.
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What's up?
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I'm Jessica Flores J and we have a very special guest in the
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building today.
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Someone that I look up to someone that I feel like is creating
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history in the comedy community.
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And someone that I needed some east Coast uh representation
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here on this couch too.
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So I wanna welcome someone that I look up to a great comedian
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Ida Rodriguez.
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I know.
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Yeah.
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Right.
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I tell us a little, I mean, I know all about you because I'd be
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all up in your D MS and in your world and all your business.
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But tell everyone on um fears who you are.
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So um my name is Iva Rodriguez.
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I'm a, I'm a, a woman who happens to be a stand up comedian.
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I'm a writer, a producer, a director and an actor.
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And um I don't call myself an activist because I feel like that's
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corny.
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Um I'm actually in motion to make things happen to create equity
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and, and fairness to people of color, brown people, black
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people.
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I love that.
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So I want to get into it.
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I've done um ida's birth chart and she is a Virgo, Virgo.
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And how do you feel about that girl?
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Because I know you've expressed yourself.
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I have, I just want to say, um I love Virgos.
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You know, my mom and my therapist, they're both Virgos and
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I learn a lot from Virgos.
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I will say, you know, every sign has, you know, their thing
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but something that you can always take away from a Virgo is
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self love is choosing yourself is, is getting it right.
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I think one thing about Ida, I have opened up for her and I will
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say I don't want to say this.
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I was late today but I was late.
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I was a little late for open up for her.
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And she, you know, took me to the side and I really appreciate
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that because when you're a young comic, sometimes you're
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just kind of doing things and you're just like running around
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the city.
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But she took me to the side and she, you know, told me like you
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you are a comedian but you need to be on time, you need to be
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professional, you need to make sure that you're doing your
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work and that's something you could always take away from
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a Virgo is getting that tough love and getting that shit.
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Correct.
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So, I know we were talking the, that's why she hates me.
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No, no, no, no, no, no, I hate my mom too, but I love you too.
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Mom.
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Um, no, I just, I just grew up in a complicated Virgo household
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But I know that um I'm really excited because every time I bring
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Ida up to the stage, I'm like, oh Dominican comedian, but Ida
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is also Puerto Rican.
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I love Puerto Ricans too.
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Um So tell us a little bit about your background.
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You are Puerto Rican Dominican and I think one of your family
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members is from Cuba too, right?
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Stepfather, your stepfather.
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So she is the right?
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The Caribbean.
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Yeah.
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It was so funny to say something.
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Let's talk about it.
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OK.
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We don't really interact too much with people from the Caribbean
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right?
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We're from the west coast and I'm Mexican.
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Colombian.
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You're Colombian.
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So I'm sorry, I am.
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So when it comes to all the Caribbean countries, I'm, I really
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don't know.
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So, so that's so funny because Colombians are very close.
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They're very Caribbean.
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They actually are one of the groups of people that people like
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Puerto Rican say, oh, they can actually dance salsa.
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There's a lot of great salsa music that comes from Colombia
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Um, the girl, we all the same.
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They just dropped us off in different places.
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And uh, and the sooner we accept that and learn it, the better
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It'll be.
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The funny thing is I do want to say the reason why I pulled you
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to the side was not because of me, but because of the institution
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that we were working in and I wanted to make sure that you didn't
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ruin your opportunities with them because they, they are
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harder on us.
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I will say that and I wanted to talk right now, like as I'm rising
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in my career, I'm still pretty young in comedy.
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I'm excited.
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I'm still like learning so much, but I am now, you know, with
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each level with, with comedy and, and like we talk about all
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of our careers all the time.
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Some of it is subjective like measuring success and like you
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start getting into these rooms, you want to be in and getting
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on projects and it's just kind of scary.
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Like, how do you still, especially as being a Trailblazer
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in the scene?
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How do you still keep your voice without trying to adapt to
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the industry?
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Because you know, the industry will tell you, you need to tell
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less jokes about, you know, being Latino now, you should focus
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on this or whatever.
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Like how do you still maintain your authenticity with a space
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that's telling you all the time?
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Like you're doing it wrong because we don't exist in comedy
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right?
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Like now we are like Ida is at the top of that, of that, I guess
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Road.
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But it's like we, we, I don't exist in comedy people like Dominican
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you know, so I'm like, how do you still maintain your authenticity
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where everyone telling you to kind of change or like, be more
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whatever, I guess, formal or what I mean, you know, whatever
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that looks like in the industry.
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Well, um I will say this.
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Um I'm I thank you for giving me my, my roses.
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I it's so funny because I, I get a lot of people to tell me, hey
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you know what you mean to me how people cry at my shows.
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You are a, you are our Latina and I still get paid less than everybody
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else, right?
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And, and it's just not me just saying this, I, we confirm it
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My male counterparts will send um send me what their quotes
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are for certain clubs just so I'll know so that I can use it as
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a negotiating tactics.
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A lot of the white male comics from New York who are my friends
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will say this is what the club is paying me.
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So just know cause you have a bigger following than me.
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So, and, and they will still lowball me like I did, I did a tour
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I got paid for the entire tour with one of my friends got paid
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for one show to do the same exact tour.
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And so, um, you know, it's, it's very grounding to hear.
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Um, I will say this, I've always been myself in comedy.
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I started comedy as an adult and I've always been myself, the
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co the business had to catch up to me.
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I never, ever decided that I was gonna try to be somebody else
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I talk about whatever I want to talk about in stand up.
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I lean into sometimes harder stuff because I do talk about
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social and political stuff where um you know, a lot of women
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like they would say to me, hey, you know, as a woman, you, you
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should stay away from sex and don't talk about low common denominator
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stuff and don't be hacky and don't be doing this.
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But then the most successful comedians and the highest paid
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comedians who are women are all dirty comics, you know, and
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it's not like I'm not hating on them.
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I'm just pointing out the truth like Amy Schumer, Whitney
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Cummings, Sarah Silverman, they talk about whatever they
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want, they use their white privilege to talk about whatever
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whatever they want to talk about and, and they are elevated
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and respected and paid for it.
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Whereas as a woman of color, when you talk about those things
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they try to reduce you to being, you know, low common denominator
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like, oh here it goes, a woman and talking about sex when we
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have to hear about men talk about sex all the time and, and a
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lot of the jokes are low, common denominator jokes.
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So I just always said, I'm not gonna allow myself to let anybody
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tell me who I need to be in this space because it ain't ever right
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everybody.
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Richard Pryor used to talk about whatever he wanted to talk
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about.
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George Carlin was a completely different comedian who talked
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about and evolved from different places.
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Those are my comedy heroes.
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Those are who I think are the greatest comedians ever.
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Um You know, and I look at like someone like Bill Burr who is
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my favorite comic.
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I just think, you know, like uh these people are being their
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most authentic selves and you are experiencing life with
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them as they, as they evolve.
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Um I'm no different and so I just always say I'm gonna be me.
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You are that way.
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So that is why people are, are um bothered by you in comedy to
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be bothered your level, your level of confidence and they
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attack your legendary and all that stuff because you go on
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stage and, and are your authentic self.
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You, you're just working on the, you're working on mechanics
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Yeah, I am.
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I'm in, I wanted to talk to you but I don't wanna hog up, I'm hogging
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off the microphone.
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I don't know if you ladies have questions because I also wanted
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to talk.
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I think I feel like right now like the first five years of my
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career was just like being bookable, right?
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Like when you're a woman of color, you're, they're not booking
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you that I don't know you whatever, you don't have the followers
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you don't have this in the first five years.
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I just wanted to be, I just wanted the space to work and now like
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I'm really starting to, I wanna take the next couple of years
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to like work on like, what is my story?
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Like, what do I really wanna share with my audience?
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And that's kind of like changing for me.
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Now, I, I focus a lot on like on relationships and just like
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I was learning the jokes and now that I know how to make a joke
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And I feel like when you're in the audience, like, oh, that's
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funny.
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But I'm like, no, that was horrible.
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Like, that's not even well written.
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The structure is not there.
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So I'm like, now I'm working on like the inside of, you know
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this uh what I'll say to all of you is regardless if you're
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a comedian, an actor, a host, a producer, people buy into you
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and then they buy into what you're selling.
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But it is your responsibility to understand the science of
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what your art is.
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Because what we do as comedians, actors host, whatever it
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is, that's creative.
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The art part of it is undeniable.
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We all know that there's an art to it, but there's also a science
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there are mechanics and techniques.
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And if you wanna be at the top of your game, it is your job to go
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you know, Viola Davis and Meryl Streep don't win awards because
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you know, they get on screen and just emote, they are, they
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technically know how to work a camera.
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They know how to deliver the scenes.
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Comedians are no different.
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Writers are no different.
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You know, it is important to understand and the science especially
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us because they don't expect us.
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They think that we just show up to be the, the the resident clowns
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to be like, oh, she's so crazy.
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She gonna say whatever she go.
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No, I have something to say.
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There is, there is a, there's a process that went into this
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there is a science that went into this.
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I honor it.
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I respect it and you're gonna respect me for it.
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And so you know what I mean?
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When it comes to art, I think that a lot of us, especially the
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internet has really co-opted this movement where oh, you
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don't have to, you don't have to really learn anything like
10:05
that's all institution.
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That's not true.
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Like if you respect an art, I don't care what you do, you have
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to respect it and you have to show up.
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It's not that we don't respect internet comedians come, internet
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comedians are really good at being internet comedians.
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That's a science.
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You know how that I'm struggling with.
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I cannot for the life of me.
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I'm like, I know I can't make no internet joke.
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I don't know what internet actors.
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They have like seven or 32nd clips and they have thousands
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and millions of followers.
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And then you're going to school for four years and you're studying
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the, in the academy and you're waiting to make a movie and it's
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like, wow, this person's has more, has more success than I
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have and I've been in the game for like 10 years.
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But that's just kind of how you, how you value your education
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like old school mentality.
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I mean, they're just good at being internet people like, you
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know, and that's a science unto itself.
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I don't even dish it to be able to, I look at some of these videos
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and I'm like, that's so creative to edit this, to capture this
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and this amount of time.
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And I give you that respect.
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Now, I need you to respect the fact that that special that I
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put up on HBO Max.
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It took me six years to write that special.
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And I know people are like, oh people write specials and they
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got specials every other year, but they're not special, you
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know, like, I mean, Jerry Seinfeld said that anyone that's
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writing a special under a year that's not like a flush out.
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Like it takes time to write a special, a special took six years
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again because I'm not Comedy World.
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I don't know what the protocol is for like, I've seen specials
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I watch them all the time, but I really truly don't think about
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how long it takes to write a show that long and that well put
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and I had to redo it.
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Like I wrote, it took me six years to write it and to, to perform
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it, to perfect it, to take the jokes.
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I had jokes that I had done before, to really exhaust the joke
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being able to tag it to give it life, to expand it, to breathe
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into the joke.
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And then I had to change some of it because COVID happened and
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I had to address what was happening in the world.
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And that was a process doing jokes on Zoom, doing jokes with
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people with masks on doing jokes with a limited audience because
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we couldn't have a full audience like that.
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The, you know, there's a privilege in being super rich and
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super famous and being able to come out with a comedy special
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when people already love you and most people will accept whatever
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you have to say because they, they are being affected by the
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celebrity factor.
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But those of us who don't have that have to actually show up
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and be a real.
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You said that you got into comedy in your adult life.
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So what what, what inspired you to get into comedy?
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What propelled you there?
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And how did you and now, you know, you're one of the biggest
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comics that we know, especially Latinas.
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How did you get here at this point?
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So, you know, I wanted to be a comedian when I was little and
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my, my mom was like, they were, they were like, that was corny
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because they were like, they like, they would be like, who's
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gonna marry you?
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Nobody wants to marry no goofy girl.
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And I'm watching Lucy who got a husband and a TV show and Rich
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and successful coming from a family of my family that I grew
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up with is my Puerto Rican family.
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And I don't call them immigrants because they're not immigrants
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they are American.
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And we have to stop using that language when it comes to Puerto
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Ricans because it, it, it uh it emboldens white supremacy
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to continuously, you know, ex out Puerto Ricans.
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Um So, and if you're watching and you didn't know that Puerto
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Ricans are American.
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So my, but my family still has that mentality where they want
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you to be a lawyer, they want you to be a doctor.
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They want you to be something that is to them, what they consider
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tangible.
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And so me saying I wanna do comedy because I, I had learned about
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Richard Pryor a little like my uncle used to let me hear his
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stuff with him.
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I would get in trouble for it.
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Um It took me a while.
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Um It actually was, I was doing a, a uh a birthday roast with
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Chris Spencer, a friend of ours was like, can you guys roast
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me?
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Because I was always roasting.
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And then I would hate to be in a roast battle with you.
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Oh my God, you would you honest, I'd be like uh you better at
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it than me.
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No, they call me me and I said some shit.
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It was, oh I'm not a roaster like that because I, that's what
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I, I have my joke because I was like, oh y'all like y'all really
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coming in going in for like the jugular.
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Like I saw the talking about people's uh dead babies and all
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I was like, I, I, I'll go get my gun.
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Like I, you know, like, II, I don't roast but it was like a, a
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birthday roast.
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And he said to me, Chris Spencer was like, hey, you, you're
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a comedian like you really, you should go do an open mic and
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he was like, just try it if you don't like it.
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He's like, I know it when I see it.
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Uh And you know, he's worked with Jamie Foxx and Tiffany had
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and, and, um, Kevin Hart.
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So I went and did it and, and I never stopped, I just started
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doing it.
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It was a hobby for me at the beginning.
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What kept you going?
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Because I'm sure that, you know, you maybe had a stay like,
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I don't know, like you had your journey, like what kept you
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going?
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Like what inspired me to like the scientist in me.
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The, so the first show I did, I got a very good response, which
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happens very common.
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Like the first time, first beginner's luck.
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It's a comedy and it's, and it's adrenaline.
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Yeah, you do it for the first time.
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I have to get you up at the, at the end of the episode, I think
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everybody should do a stay open mind.
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I, I do, I do recommend it for, for everyone because I, I tell
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this to my friends and everyone who acts like it wasn't until
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I started doing comedy.
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I started loving myself.
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Like I really was, I never felt like power, like the power to
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take care of my, like to do my own narrative.
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I would always let other people come up with their own narratives
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And when I did stand up, I was like, no, this is who I am.
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You're not gonna use this against me and I'm gonna make a joke
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out of it.
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And any time I feel a strong emotion like I wanna fight somebody
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I'm like, that's a good joke.
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I'm gonna put that shit in the set that way.
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Yeah.
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Like I just, I, I was a lot growing up and I was like, if you meet
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all of my friends in high school, like we always knew that you
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were gonna be something I was just too much, but I was able to
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really own my story and like who I am in comedy.
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So even if you don't want to be a comedian, it's great to like
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you know, learn and to put yourself just five minutes.
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Like I got the most confidence.
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Once I did my set, I was like, yo, I'm gonna be a legendary comedian
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And then I started going, I think, and this happens, this is
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too long though.
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You, you're gonna die.
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And she was saying that's your story.
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And you, you have a story right before you became a comedian
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You have a whole story which you can read about legitimate
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kid kid.
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Her book, upcoming book that's coming up that we would love
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to hear about right now because it's a big accomplishment
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You wrote it yourself.
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I wrote, I wrote my book, Ghost To Anybody.
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No disrespect, but I'm like a t-shirt but I put on a t-shirt
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Everything I said I put on a t-shirt, no disrespect to anybody
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who had ghostwriter because I, I know it's hard to, I've learned
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It was one of the hardest things I ever did.
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And I know some people battle with literacy.
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They don't come from the best neighborhoods, they don't have
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the best education.
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Um Don't, don't come from the best uh economic situations
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I didn't mean neighborhoods.
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I love my neighborhood where I grew up where we bought beer
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with food stamps.
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But um yeah, I wrote my book.
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Um it was very, it was a, it was a challenge.
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It was something I decided that I was gonna do.
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I was offered the opportunity to have somebody to help me write
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it.
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And I decided that I wanted to do it myself because II, I don't
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feel like I can call myself a writer if I'm not doing the writing
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Like, even with my TV, show that I had in development prior
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to the strike, I was writing it by myself, which I was very thankful
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to the people at um at Showtime for giving me that opportunity
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to just write alone.
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Um But I wrote it myself and it is the funny thing is when we were
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in the makeup room, she called it the illegitimate child illegitimate
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And she was like, no.
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But the reason why it's funny is because the book is about my
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search for legitimacy because I didn't have my father's last
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name.
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And when I met my father, I, I thought I was gonna get the answers
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and what I got was more questions.
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And so the book is really about the journey of me coming to myself
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after um finding, you know, finding my father and thinking
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oh, all of it is when I find my father, I'm gonna know everything
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that I need to know.
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And this then, and that was not what it was.
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And it, it's a very common theme of people who don't have a parent
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And you know, this whole idea that, that the parent, the father
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not being in the home is, is exclusively to black and brown
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people is a big farce.
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I've been reached out to by so many um white people who saw my
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special and were like, because of you, I'm gonna go talk to
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my father.
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I'm gonna go find my father.
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Yes.
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And a white man.
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My driver in New York was like, I saw your special and I went
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to Florida to go find my father.
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Like it was, it was this, this whole, this void that you feel
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and within my community having your last, your father's last
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name was an a one up like on somebody who didn't.
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And so my book is about, you know, me thinking that my whole
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life when I found my father that I was gonna be whole again and
19:09
I was whole the entire time that I got to go write a book that
19:13
the women who were in my family, these Latinas, strong women
19:17
that showed up for me were doing all the things.
19:20
And I just kept overlooking it because I was like when I find
19:22
my father and, and you know, at the mean, in the meantime, my
19:26
mother is walking to school to feed me because I'm a need and
19:30
she didn't know how to drive and she would walk to school at
19:32
lunch time and make sure that I ate like I was overlooking all
19:36
of those things because I thought that it was um a man in this
19:40
patriarchy that forces this idea that, you know, being a,
19:44
being a father, you know, they're always like when somebody
19:47
messes up, they don't ever say there must not be a mother in
19:49
the home.
19:50
They always say there's no, there should, there must not be
19:53
this idea that men are more important than women extends even
19:57
into that.
19:58
And so I explore that in the book and I just tell some stories
20:02
and some people might are gonna be mad at me because I told my
20:05
true stories.
20:06
I didn't, I didn't lie about anything.
20:08
I talk about my relationships.
20:10
I talk about um I, there is something in the book I wanna talk
20:13
about, you talk about um there was a big show you were on Last
20:16
Comic Standing and you talk about just I guess the pressures
20:20
of how you have to appear on stage, not, not the material, just
20:24
the pressure of like people telling you what you can and carry
20:27
your dress.
20:27
Do you wanna, I, I battle with that too because I feel like as
20:30
a comedian, people expect you to kind of be, especially like
20:33
you know, we are, we are women.
20:35
Sometimes we put a little bit more thought into our outfit
20:37
But I got a lot of criticism sometimes for like dressing up
20:39
for like wearing a fur before going on stage.
20:42
And they told you to like, club owners are telling you comedian
20:46
club is the culture of comedy, like you're supposed to not
20:49
be like distracting on stage, but I wanna talk to you like,
20:52
how do you deal with that?
20:53
You can't say you can't be sexy on stage.
20:56
They don't be too distracts from the, so they told you to tone
21:00
it down.
21:01
I want to know more about that, that in the story.
21:04
Like, how do you feel about that?
21:05
How do you do, does that still affect you now when you do your
21:08
performances?
21:09
That's so funny because when um uh the director in me that has
21:13
been there for a long time, I storyboard, everything I do.
21:16
Um I storyboard, my every special has I have like sketches
21:21
I sat down, I didn't even direct my own special but I directed
21:24
that bitch.
21:24
I was, I sat down II I um the person who um made my outfit from
21:30
my last special, they made a white jumper because I wanted
21:33
to wear like something short.
21:36
I like to wear my shorts with, with some heels and it has the
21:39
cut out is the uh symbols from my great grandfather's tribe
21:43
But um I absolute, I leaned into it after the last Comic Standing
21:48
Um Kenan Ivey Ways and I had a difference of opinion.
21:52
He said that comedy is not about distractions and you have
21:55
to be, that's a very old school thing.
21:57
But I think it's so funny that it's old school because when
22:00
you think about older comedians and I, and not just Lucille
22:04
Ball who was a comedic actress, but if you think about like
22:07
Lily Tomlin or um Phyllis Diller, they were all dressed up
22:12
you know, like they were all dressed up and they would go on
22:15
stage with a microphone and do stand up and you think about
22:18
the men they had on suits.
22:20
So this whole idea that comedy has to be casual or that comedy
22:24
has to be anything is, is just where does that come?
22:28
Projection?
22:29
It's up to me, it's projection.
22:31
Because for, for me, your, what your idea of funny should be
22:34
is what is funny.
22:35
Uh Corey Holcomb who's a, a mentor of mine who I opened for.
22:39
Yeah, he said to me, he said you can wear whatever you want to
22:42
wear if you're funny.
22:43
He was like, because if you host the Oscars, you're gonna wear
22:45
a gown, not a sweatsuit.
22:46
So you gotta be prepared to be funny and whatever you have on
22:49
So I kinda hate it sometimes and I get it from other women.
22:52
Like I've had some of my peers be like, oh yeah, your titties
22:54
were out today.
22:55
I'm like, bitch, I was in a rush.
22:57
I had to do this set real quick.
22:58
But I, I do, you know, I think the most important part of comedy
23:01
and like metaphorically and physically is that you feel comfortable
23:04
with yourself.
23:04
So if you do go on stage and you don't feel comfortable you that
23:07
is gonna show in the art.
23:08
But if this is who you are and you're able to, it's who you are
23:11
then you should, you can, I don't know like if you, I just feel
23:14
like you should just show up as your best self for the audience
23:17
because, but I think we do a lot of stuff for men because I, I
23:20
was told about like one of the bigger comedian women.
23:23
Um I won't say her name because it is, it was given to me in confidence
23:27
but I was told that she would wear uh tape herself down and
23:31
wear uh sports bras to like tone down her chest.
23:36
And I was like, we're doing all of that for men.
23:39
They can feel comfortable because we're always told that
23:41
men think about sex every whatever seconds and, and really
23:45
it's insulting to men because it makes men.
23:48
It makes men seem like they are like the most basic animal to
23:52
ever walk the planet.
23:53
And maybe that might be connected to why we have a lot of issues
23:57
in society.
23:57
But the truth is, is that, that is to, you know, to make men comfortable
24:02
You don't want to upset a woman that's with her husband at the
24:04
show.
24:05
You don't wanna, and I'm like, listen, I'm, I'm gonna be on
24:09
on the stage and do me and be me.
24:11
I'm not flirting with your husband if you are insecure and
24:14
you and you are threatened by a woman on stage.
24:17
You got bigger problems than me.
24:19
I never thought about that.
24:20
That's interesting though I have even just, sometimes when
24:23
I go on a run I'll be wearing a sports bra and I'll pass by like
24:25
a couple walking down the beach and I will legitimately sometimes
24:29
just, like, look down, like, not even look up because he's
24:31
walking with his wife or girlfriend and maybe that's something
24:33
I've internalized.
24:34
Like, I don't wanna make his wife or his girlfriend feel uncomfortable
24:37
But I do that sometimes.
24:38
Like, have you done that?
24:39
Like when you're walking next to a couple, I'll just like,
24:41
look down or look away.
24:42
Just, I'm like, well, I don't wanna make her uncomfortable
24:44
I don't know.
24:45
Maybe I, I think that's the way that we were raised too.
24:47
Like when my mom was always be like, don't wear shorts in front
24:49
of your, your sister's boyfriend or, you know, I always, I'm
24:52
always like, very conservative which goes back to like, how
24:55
did your background, your cultural background influence
24:58
your comedy because you also spoke about how you found yourself
25:03
and you're comfortable within yourself and coming from a
25:05
woman that's, I mean, I'm 33 but I'm still like in that area
25:08
where Jesus age.
25:09
Yeah.
25:10
So if you have any advice of like, how you got to loving yourself
25:14
the way you do now, I know you've had a, a lot of experiences
25:17
you know, I'm curious what you would recommend for a young
25:20
lady like us.
25:21
So I would say, um first of all, um it's important that you,
25:28
I'm, I'm a creature of metaphysics.
25:30
Um I turned to meta physics when I was in my twenties and I was
25:36
like, I had to really learn to reprogram my thinking.
25:40
I was very indoctrinated and through religion at a very young
25:43
age and it didn't service me in the way that I needed it for me
25:48
to feel whole and good as a person and a woman.
25:51
So I had to be able to, I had to, I had to qualify it or even intellectualize
25:58
it a little bit so that it could make sense for me in terms of
26:00
science, my brain um is subconscious mind just like everybody
26:06
else and everything that you feed it, your, your mind is always
26:09
listening when you're hating on yourself, when you're saying
26:12
bad things when you are, you know, whatever it is.
26:15
And so for me, um I sat down and I started reading these books
26:19
like I read like a thinking Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
26:23
And I started reading um you know, people clown the secret
26:26
now.
26:26
But after, but there was a time I do it.
26:31
But you know, it, it is all true.
26:32
I mean, even if it was coming social live, it really is about
26:35
I think that that sometimes the powers that be will, will
26:39
make will shit on stuff that does that so that it doesn't become
26:43
popular because the, the worst thing that will ever happen
26:45
to the planet is that human beings start thinking for themselves
26:49
in reality, like, really start thinking for themselves.
26:51
But I read this book called The Power of Your Self conscious
26:54
Mind.
26:55
And every time I bought this book, somebody would steal it
26:57
from me.
26:57
And I was like, there's something in this book.
26:59
Um And it was just really about understanding it.
27:02
I think that you have to silence the noise.
27:05
We have really bad language when it comes to women.
27:07
Um And people now ageism has become such a big thing because
27:13
it's just, it's profitable because, you know, they, they
27:16
turned it, it's another way to exploit women telling you you're
27:20
old.
27:20
You know, I, I was making a joke about being old on stage and
27:23
this lady that was older than me said.
27:25
So, you know, when you guys say that you're old, you make me
27:28
feel dead.
27:29
And I was like, I felt she's like, you, you know, you're letting
27:33
younger people bully you into making you feel like it's over
27:37
for you.
27:37
But if it's over for you, what does that say for me?
27:40
And I was like, I'm, I'm gonna stop saying that because that
27:43
I see people on the internet, you know, like when you see people
27:47
that are teenagers getting filler and getting Botox food
27:50
because they're trying to hold on to something and it, and
27:53
it's all about, um, it's, that's all uh uh an industry to make
27:56
money that really isn't about preserving your youth or making
28:00
you feel better about yourself.
28:01
It's about making you feel bad about yourself so that you can
28:04
continuously um spend money, right?
28:08
Because the truth of it is is that you cannot freeze yourself
28:12
You're not going to, nobody is gonna look at one of these super
28:16
star women that are in their fifties and sixties and say, oh
28:20
you think she's 30?
28:21
No, they just say, oh the bitch look good for 60.
28:24
That's the reality is, is that you cannot.
28:27
And it's such a blessing.
28:28
I used, I grew up during an era where this didn't exist as much
28:32
It did but not as much.
28:34
I idolized my grandmother.
28:36
I worshiped her.
28:36
I looked at her like, but I was just looking at her like wow,
28:39
she's so beautiful.
28:41
My, my grandmother was young but I was just like she is such
28:44
a beautiful regal woman.
28:46
I had nothing but respect for her.
28:47
And I was like, I want to be like that whenever I become older
28:50
So I I think that women people period are struggling right
28:56
now because the the you know, the commercialism and the consumerism
29:01
in this, in this world has become so toxic and horrible.
29:05
You are constantly be, be being given messaging that there's
29:08
something wrong with you that you have to disconnect.
29:11
How do you deal with, I disconnect.
29:14
I disconnect.
29:15
Um So, you know, I, I have my days, like some days I'll, I'll
29:21
click back because I, I, I'm like, I know a dummy when I see you
29:24
respond.
29:25
Yeah.
29:25
Sometimes I will respond me too because I learned that a lot
29:29
of people think they can say stuff because they don't think
29:32
that there will be consequences.
29:33
Right?
29:34
And, but the other thing is then you have to realize that sometimes
29:37
people do that because they, I do want you to respond because
29:39
they're trying to get some attention even if it's negative
29:41
because now they noticed me, you're giving them what they
29:44
want and speaking to the ages and things.
29:46
I have seen a rise in podcasts specifically like male podcasts
29:50
There's a couple of other ones where they do really, really
29:53
talk poorly about women that are aging.
29:54
It's like you're really only good in your twenties, you're
29:56
really only good or your thirties, right?
29:59
You're really only good when you're, you know, fertile and
30:01
then, then you, you know, and it, it is so sad and you, right
30:04
Like as a woman, it does get to you a little bit.
30:07
You're like, wow, that's really sad.
30:09
So then what?
30:09
And you're right, we need to bring back having love and respect
30:12
for.
30:13
And I'm not saying that specifically, but society, our grandmothers
30:16
our mothers who did so much, you, you sacrifice your body
30:19
you sacrifice so much of you know, if you do want to, you know
30:22
have Children, you sacrifice so much of yourself to raise
30:25
Children and do it and, you know, as gracefully as possible
30:28
And it's just, it's really sad to see like people really just
30:31
going in on women that are aging and it doesn't make women want
30:34
to age gracefully anymore.
30:35
It makes people want to go and run to the Botox fillers and they
30:38
do want to freeze in time now and it looks crazy.
30:41
You know any of that shit.
30:43
I haven't gotten any of it either.
30:45
But listen, I don't know what I'll do because I have my moments
30:49
and everybody feels insecure so I don't like to shit on women
30:52
that do it.
30:53
I always think it's a preference, right?
30:55
Like I feel like if you're doing, I say any decision you make
30:57
make sure it's from you and not from like outside all the time
31:01
Is it gonna be for it?
31:03
But I, but I will say this um always consider the source.
31:06
You know, my mom, my mom had a really good way of showing that
31:09
my mom is so hood and I would be like, oh Vanessa said I was ugly
31:13
and she'd be like, are you talking about the crackheads, daughter
31:15
Are the crackheads?
31:16
You let the crackheads daughter make you feel bad.
31:19
You are you, you scored this on the PSAT.
31:21
How are you gonna let that was my, that's how my mother's version
31:24
of consider the source, which I love her for that.
31:28
But I, I think that you got to think about like those podcasts
31:30
When you look at these, you know, there's a rise in lonely men
31:34
a scientific study about a rise in lone loneliness in men
31:37
which is why you see such a rise in crime and uh you know, and
31:42
femicide and shootings.
31:44
So when you, you, these people who are doing these podcasts
31:48
they're feeding those men.
31:49
They, they know there is a market for this.
31:52
You know, people call them in voluntary celibates.
31:55
You know, their rise in this alpha male man.
31:57
Men fighting for their masculinity.
31:59
I was raised by five of my uncles who were men who never had to
32:04
prove themselves men, they never had to labeled themselves
32:08
real men because they did it.
32:09
They showed their manhood through their actions.
32:12
So when I look at these people, you know, you have to always
32:15
consider the source.
32:16
I, I know a lot of women who are in my age range who are nothing
32:19
but successful.
32:20
I was married.
32:22
I have two Children.
32:24
I have dated, I've broken up.
32:26
I've never been in a moment in my life where I'm like, oh my God
32:29
I'm never gonna find a man.
32:30
I currently can be in a relationship if I want to.
32:33
I just choose not to because I don't.
32:35
Yeah.
32:36
Yeah.
32:36
Because in the early twenties before I started comedy, I was
32:38
very like like I need to be in love, I need to be married.
32:41
I need to do.
32:42
And then I'm like, you know what I actually have the privilege
32:44
of freedom and I can just figure out who I am before I get into
32:47
that marriage.
32:48
I think a lot of women that something that I'm kind of like exploring
32:50
my comedy.
32:51
We end up in these relationships because we're told to be in
32:54
them versus like I know who I am and I'm choosing to be here and
32:57
I will leave you.
32:58
The problem that I had before is that I would never leave because
33:00
like, I can't lose the my man.
33:01
But now I will leave.
33:02
I have a career, you know, so I just, I just think that like,
33:06
I think that as women, we should stop being so we're not like
33:08
stop being so hard on yourself and like be careful like what
33:11
you're consuming on the internet, there's just too much and
33:13
you have the option of programming what you want to consume
33:16
Yeah.
33:16
Yeah, you have control of your algorithm algorithms.
33:19
We're also focused on being whole because the thing about
33:22
women is that we're always put in this place where they like
33:25
your career or a personal life.
33:28
You're more than just those two things also, you know, like
33:31
I, I believe in being spiritually connected.
33:34
It's not just about your career and the things that you have
33:37
and the money that you have I was married to a professional
33:40
football player and I had everything I wanted and I was the
33:43
unhappiest person, the unhappiest I've ever been in.
33:47
Being able to just, I was driving $100,000 car.
33:50
I had all the purses, you know, and I was, I was miserable and
33:54
then I lost everything and I became, I was unhoused.
33:58
I had two kids.
33:59
I would and I found comedy and then I found joy.
34:02
And now that I'm in a, in a place where I'm, I'm doing well and
34:06
I can take care of myself and my family.
34:08
My happiness is a very interesting, a very uh important perspective
34:12
for me to understand that my happiness, happiness does not
34:15
come from anything material or superficial.
34:18
Nothing that I have that I own is more important to me.
34:22
No job, no television show, no book is more important to me
34:26
than my mother, my kids.
34:28
You know, the relationships that I have with my family and
34:31
my friends cause during the apocalypse ain't nobody gonna
34:34
care about your body.
34:37
But the thing is that we, we keep thinking we're, we're so self
34:40
centered and thinking that we get it right.
34:42
The planet is suffering and is struggling.
34:44
We're, we are, we have done so much damage to the planet and
34:48
it's very, very uh just very self centered to think that we
34:51
are the only ones here and that we're the greatest thing that
34:54
ever happened to the planet.
34:55
When in reality, we're probably the worst thing that ever
34:57
happened to the family.
34:58
The animals are probably conspiring a war against us as we
35:01
speak.
35:01
But, you know, we just have to take things into perspective
35:04
People in Hollywood and, and I know we gotta wrap up.
35:07
But I will say this, people in Hollywood will try their best
35:11
to convince you that they're living their best lives.
35:13
99% of the time is because they're selling you something.
35:16
They're either selling your makeup, they're selling you
35:19
clothes, they're selling your makeup a lifestyle.
35:21
It is part of how they make their living people who truly and
35:24
genuinely feel good about themselves.
35:27
Don't have to do two things.
35:28
They don't have to prove it and they don't have to make other
35:31
people feel bad.
35:31
People who really feel good about themselves, make you want
35:35
to find what they got just because because of the way they're
35:37
living their lives.
35:38
And by example, I needed to hear too like I, I want to go through
35:44
so much more before we wrap up.
35:47
I know that we have to wrap up, but we talked about a lot, but
35:50
I feel like there is a new generation of Latino comics coming
35:54
up and I feel like Gloria is like back to me.
35:56
No, not even that, but I just want to make sure that we as comedians
36:00
that you do.
36:00
You have any advice for anybody that wants to start comedy
36:04
that is in comedy that just from like you have a wealth of knowledge
36:08
and I just wanna make sure that they get, I know they tuned in
36:11
We got a little bit of everything but anything you wanna share
36:14
with anyone who's coming up and I wanna add a layer to that with
36:17
now it being so anything you say is so polarizing, it could
36:21
be in a, in a crazy way.
36:23
And you said, you know, you've had your own people come for
36:25
you when you're just saying the truth and it's, and I've heard
36:27
that it's so hard being a, a comedy.
36:30
Anybody even at an online presence, you either say something
36:33
political or you don't and you, you know, what's your, what's
36:36
your advice to comedies that are now are comedians that are
36:39
now kind of facing that issue as well on top of that.
36:41
So what I will say this when it comes to comedy and art, um if
36:45
you are in it to get rich, if you're in it, to get famous, if you're
36:48
in it, to get a relationship, if you are in it for any of those
36:51
reasons, you are never gonna be fulfilled.
36:55
The only reason you should ever pursue an art is so that you
36:58
can, you can explore it and express it in the best way that you
37:02
can.
37:02
Basquiat did not get a chance to see the impact that he has made
37:06
on all of us.
37:08
Our Puerto Rican Haitian brother who was excluded from the
37:11
community because we are so anti black within our community
37:15
sometimes.
37:15
Um I it, you know, like when you think one of my favorite book
37:19
is called a Confederacy of says Peter Kennedy who wrote that
37:22
book, he, he wrote it.
37:24
He got uh turned down by people over and over again.
37:27
He killed himself.
37:28
His mother in grief, took that book to a publisher and it became
37:31
a best seller, won a Pulitzer Prize.
37:34
It became one of the best and most lauded books.
37:36
Will Ferrell Colin.
37:38
Uh All of these people have tried to option it to make it.
37:40
I think Jim Carrey because it is one of the most the funniest
37:43
pieces of literature ever.
37:45
And he never got a chance to see that.
37:47
But his art lives on, his name lives on and art to me is about
37:52
legacy.
37:53
So what I will say to comedians is first of all, be yourself
37:57
because you are eventually going to show up anyway.
38:00
So you might as well just show up as you.
38:02
Second of all, find the joy in what you're doing because it's
38:05
gonna be hard.
38:06
Nothing that is in exists that is that where you operate at
38:10
high levels is ever gonna be a joyous ride unless you are a Hilton
38:15
or you know, and now a Kardashian, you know what I mean?
38:18
So that you gotta be real about that.
38:20
And I will say that you know, respect art, you know, whether
38:26
you're a comedian, whatever it is that you wanna do.
38:28
Ryan Seacrest loves being a host and respected it and kept
38:31
going back.
38:32
It wasn't just a quest for fame, but it was a quest for being
38:35
great at what he did.
38:37
And I think that a lot of people now wanna skip, you know, they
38:40
wanna, they wanna cut corners because they wanna get there
38:43
Fame ain't all that is cut out to be a lot of people who are famous
38:47
are miserable.
38:48
A lot of people who are poor are happy.
38:50
There is something in there that you, you, we need to figure
38:53
out about where real happiness and joy comes from.
38:56
And so I will just say, you know, don't delude yourself into
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trying to keep up with the virtual Joneses because everybody
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is fighting a battle and you know, and we, we just, it's all
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fake.
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It's, it's a lot of it is fake and you know, even when people
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say I have no makeup on, I want you to see they got makeup on and
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they're like, this is my natural look and they had their makeup
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artist do their face then no makeup makeup.
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So it's just like, you know, stop, always consider the source
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if I can't give you anything.
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If you want to go to be great, go to what's great and, and study
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what's great and a lot of times what's great is not popular
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not famous and not super rich, but great is great.
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And I would, I would be Basquiat any day over whoever whatever
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high society artist was killing it during the time.
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Thank you.
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I, I really, really enjoyed this conversation and I will follow
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up.
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I have her phone number so I'm going to be bombing you.
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I'm gonna be calling you up like let's bring it back.
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Like there's so many gems I feel like I learned it was great
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and we're really excited for your book, Legitimate Kid Legitimate
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Kid.
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I want to make sure that we edit the cover in this.
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I don't know how videos work, but make sure you bring it up here
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when you guys post in post production.
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It's a beautiful cover.
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I it looks amazing.
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She's holding up a picture of her.
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Is it you when you were younger when I was, look at that I have
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that's a Latina thing to do.
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I did have like a gold frame.
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That was my grandmother's frame, right?
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Like I, I look at it every day in my morning and also Ariana de
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Bose wrote the forward for the book.
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That's super exciting.
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Two Afro Latinas killing it in the game.
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Yeah.
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No.
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You know the book is, the book is a book of essays and you're
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gonna find yourself in the book.
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I'm telling some secrets.
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I'm telling some stories and uh it, it really is about the journey
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of my life So you're gonna find Uncle Luke from two live crew
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in there.
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You're gonna find Keenan Iy Waynes in there.
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You're gonna find my grandmother in there and it's, it's one
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of the, one of the chapters is called pizza and penis pizza
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and you won't clap.
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But the um Arianna Dubose um wrote the forward to the book,
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Ariana and I become friends.
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Um She, she came to that show.
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I know I was so star, you know, OK, you're a comedian.
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I'm always doing shows in the basement, but I had to take me
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out of the basement.
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So let's put you on the stage.
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It was really nice that Caroline and I'm just doing my jokes
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and I turned to her.
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I'm like, oh my God, is that?
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But you're, I'm having like a, I'm performing, I'm a professional
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But in my mind, I was like, oh my God, it's like Angela was there
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I was like, she's putting me all her famous friends.
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I don't know, you know, but it was really dope to be there.
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We got a picture together like it's gonna be framed in the museum
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when it comes later.
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Nice.
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But she came to the show, but she's a friend of mine, I've supported
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her, she supported me.
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Um And I asked her to, I wanted someone that saw me professionally
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and in a different way that has, that is also my friend.
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I think Ariana has such a special voice.
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Um which a lot of people don't know.
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She's a great writer and a very smart person.
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She also has a very distinct American journey and I wanted
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to hear what she thought about it.
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And um I asked and she was like, of course, and she calls me,
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which is a very sweet compliment and I really appreciate it
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And she, she wrote it and when I read it, I cried because it was
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it was, you have such a bad, you, you, you have such a bad impression
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of yourself.
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You've been told you all day long, every day, what you do is
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live to try to talk yourself off out of the negativity that
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of the story that you've been told about who you are.
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And she dispelled it.
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You know, in her story, her, the way she wrote, it was not only
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beautifully written and poignant, but it was straight from
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the heart and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever
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seen written about myself.
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So I'm very, thank you.
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Well, the book comes out.
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So the book comes out on October 17th, but it's presales.
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Now, if you know anything about books, you know, that presales
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is the most important thing when it comes to books as a Latina
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And I, you know, I don't wanna push this Latina thing because
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I feel like we do that sometimes and pigeonhole ourselves
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This book is for everybody.
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And um it is really about you know, a real journey.
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It's not a, a collection of jokes.
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I'm not like, it's really my story, my journey and how I went
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from being, you know, someone who was living in an expedition
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with two kids to directing comedy specials for HBO, being
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able to write a book and being able to take care of myself outside
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of a man.
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Well, thanks for joining us another episode of girl.
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Let me tell you, make sure to comment and like and subscribe
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It was a beautiful episode.
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Thank you so much.
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I'm Ivanna Ros.
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Once again, I'm Jessica Flores.
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I'm Iva Rodriguez and I'm, and we'll see you on the next episode
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of Girls.
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Thank you.