August 3, 2021

Latina comedians rebel against cultural mandates of good manners

COMEDY

Miami, Jun 24 (EFE News) .- Women comedians, especially within the “stand-up” genre, are a relatively new phenomenon in Latin culture, but once it started, they have been encouraged to share their observations. and experiences from laughter and without the slightest respect for the “norms” of morals and good manners.

The list of Latin stand-up comedians, networks and streaming is long and at the head is the Venezuelan Lele Pons, who in 2016 became the person with the most followers on the defunct social network Vine and currently has 44 million followers on Instagram.

“Making people laugh was the only way I knew how to communicate with my peers during my school years. I never had a problem with making fun of myself, with recording myself in my worst looks, without makeup and with dirty hair, “Pons told Efe.

It is something that I have never seen in Latin culture, much less in a woman.

“Women in general have to break with many stereotypes when we get into comedy, especially Latinas, who also carry the pressure of manners, being ‘dressed up’,” said the artist, who today is also a singer and conductive.

Mexican actress and screenwriter Ana de la Reguera defied “all the rules” in her series Ana, which airs on Comedy Central in Latin America and PantaYA in the United States. “It was not easy to dare because no one had done a series like mine. I was inspired by figures like Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm); of few women and Latin women nothing ”.

“When we do comedy about everything that affects our day to day, including our vagina, we are not behaving like a well-raised young lady,” said De la Reguera.

“Since I was little I always stood out for having a particular point of view and a pretty black sense of humor, but I never thought I could make a career of it. The only women I saw doing comedy were the gringas, “Venezuelan Joanna Haussman told Efe, who became known through videos in which she commented on the differences between Latin Americans and the cultural clashes of Latinos with American culture.

Haussman shares the microphone on the “Hyphenated” podcast with Cuban American Jenny Lorenzo, who uses humor to rebel against the “millions of no” she received in her education.

“The ladies don’t behave like that, they don’t talk about those things, they don’t say those words, they don’t dress like that. The list is long and oppressive, ”explained Lorenzo, who became famous on the internet with the character of“ Abuela ”, a Cuban soap opera lover with whom she explores cultural clashes, which are the dominant theme in her comedy and in the Pitaya Entertainment podcast.

HUMOR AS THERAPY

When Sofía Niño de Rivera -the Mexican with one of the most popular stand-up specials in Spanish- began doing comedy, she did it to process “my traumas and the context in which I grew up”, including the situations in her country that, according to her, it offers a lot of “involuntary comedy.”

Pons, for his part, has used his attention deficit, Tourette and obsessive compulsive syndrome as tools of his humor.

Haussman found in comedy an antidote to her social anxiety, while in the podcast “Hyphenated” she struggles to find the funny side of the experience of being a Latina immigrant in the United States.

The artists feel united not only because of their role as pioneers and the feminine point of view with which they approach comedy: they also share the orphanhood of role models.

“It’s very exciting to be someone who breaks barriers, but at the same time it would have been wonderful to have someone to look up to. My approach to humor made by women was always in English and always in situational comedies, such as Lucille Ball and Carol Burnet ”, indicated the Venezuelan artist.

Niño de Rivera was seen in the presentations of the American Joan Rivers and in Eddie Izzard, a transgender artist who has an act in several languages.

It has been said many times that women are not good at comedy. “And it was true until we stopped copying the men of the genre. Finally now we are taking over our stories, “said Lorenzo.

THE NETFLIX EFFECT

The popularity of women in stand-up and other sub-genres of comedy was on the rise when Netflix began incorporating specials from artists such as the Mexican Niño de Rivera Gaby Llana and Alexis de Anda, the Argentine Malena Pichot, the Chilean Jani Dueñas and the Brazilian Mhel Marrer.

Undoubtedly, “this has opened up many spaces, as show business owners have realized that there is indeed a market for humor made by women,” said Hausmann, who hopes that comedy will continue to “inspire conversations and changes that help create a more just society ”.