New York City, NY (PRWEB) September 21, 2006 -–
The Latino comedy revolution has taken the entertainment industry by storm. In an uproarious new documentary/concert film audiences share in the struggles and successes of the three pioneer Latino comedians who started it all over twenty-five years ago. The Latin Legends of Comedy is an award-winning film starring New York City’s first Latino stand-up comics Joey Vega, J.J. Ramirez and Angel Salazar and is set for its theatrical release on Friday, September 29th at City Cinemas Village East in New York City.
An outrageously funny movie that has created a strong buzz at film festivals throughout the country, The Latin Legends of Comedy explores the unfolding of Latino comedy as seen through the eyes of the men who have lived it first-hand. With recent concert footage shot at the club where the trio got their start, the Comic Strip Live in New York City, The Latin Legends of Comedy chronicles the journey of these longtime friends as they break down the doors of the comedy establishment while providing a previously unheard voice for the Hispanic community.
Director Ray Ellin, who also produced the film, was compelled to tell this story after having seen, over many years, the impact these comics had on the industry. “The more I saw these great comedians, the more it bothered me that despite their individual successes and achievements they were still flying under the radar,” explained Ellin from his New York office. “That was my main motivation for making the film. I wanted to help these talented guys achieve their well-deserved success in the industry while letting audiences know what hardships they had to face as trail blazers.”
The Latin Legends of Comedy features uncensored performances by Vega (who tours with Chris Rock and Marc Anthony), Salazar (“In Living Color,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Scarface”) and Ramirez (a regular on Comedy Central, Showtime and BET) and has been hailed as “wildly funny” by the New York Daily News and “a human force of laughter” by the Las Vegas Sun.
The film has shown a universal appeal with audiences of all ages. “We once held a screening at a film festival where the audience consisted of 200 Canadian Jews, all of whom were over the age of fifty,” laughed Ellin, who is also a successful stand-up comedian. “Not having one Latino or anyone born after the hula hoop was invented in the crowd made me nervous but their laughter told me that the movie has something for everyone. The humor crosses over.”
Adds Angel Salazar, who escaped from Cuba at the age of 12 by swimming to the American side, “Finally, a movie about Latinos, for Latinos, and starring Latinos. And it only took one passionate Jewish guy to make it happen.”
Coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Latin Legends of Comedy public sneak preview opens on Friday, September 29th at City Cinemas Village East, located at 181 Second Avenue at 12th Street in New York and continues through Thursday, October 5th. Ticket prices are $10.75 and are available at the box office or through moviefone.com.
A Q&A with the director and stars (schedules permitting) will follow each of the evening screenings.
Producer/Director Ray Ellin and comedians Joey Vega, J.J. Ramirez and
Angel Salazar are currently available for interviews.
Media inquiries may be directed to Todd Fraser/Studio C Communications at 310.452.3900