Thursday, October 12, 2006
While some comedians jump up onstage to exorcise their personal demons and others are inspired to poke fun at an unjust society, Alex Reymundo had another reason for going into the profession initially. “Chicks dig it,” he says of comedians and other performers. “My dad was my biggest hero until I realized Elvis got more pu**y.”
Before trying his hand at comedy, Reymundo was a bartender at Arlington, Texas’ The Funny Bone. There, he says, he observed the male comedians’ effects on the other gender. “I noticed these comics were going home with the prettiest girls in the room,” he says.
After eight months at the club slinging drinks, Reymundo did a spot during one of The Funny Bone’s open mic nights. Since then, the comedian’s star has risen quickly, due in part to his meeting comedian Paul Rodriguez after moving to Los Angeles. Rodriguez liked Reymundo’s act so much that he invited the new comic out on the road.
Eventually, Rodriguez and Reymundo’s tour evolved into the Original Latin Kings of Comedy Tour, which included George Lopez and Cheech Marin joining the duo for some stops. Reymundo still looks back fondly on those gigs, which eventually became fodder for a Showtime special of the same name. “That was like being a Beatle,” he says. “It was like being a part of a rock band.”
These days, Reymundo is striking out on his own with a comedy routine that he says features bits on his relationships, his family and observations on life. “It’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, according to me,” he says.
A lot of the material revolves around the clash of cultures he says was caused when he married a white woman from the hills of Kentucky. He contends that his offspring are “half hillbilly, half Hispanic.” Reymundo says his kids often mix slang from the rural South with that of Latino culture in phrases like “orale y’all,” which roughly translated means “it is good, you people.”
Reymundo also makes sure each performance has a segment where he talks about whatever is on his mind at that time. “There is usually a part of the show where I let my brain throw up and hope I don’t get it on people,” he says.
If you had never heard of Reymundo before, there is a good chance you will hear his name bandied about in the near future. In March, Reymundo will debut an hour-long comedy concert film on Showtime titled Hick-Spanic. Following that, he has signed on to host a couple Showtime specials highlighting young comedians, and he has started developing his own show for the cable channel.
ALEX REYMUNDO performs at Planet Gemini, 625 Cannery Row in Monterey, Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9:15pm. $10. 373-1449.