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Culture and comedy

Comedian Nick Guerra will make his New Mexico debut on Friday, Feb. 21, at The Stage at Santa Ana Star. (Courtesy of the The Stage at Santa Ana Star)

Nick Guerra and Francisco Ramos are often mentioned in discussions about rising Latino comedians.

The pair snagged a spot – along with Jesus Sepulveda – on the national tour of “Entre Nos” (Spanish for “Between Us”). The tour makes a stop at The Stage at Santa Ana Star on Friday, Feb. 21.

The comedy tour is based on HBO’s programming of “Entre Nos,” which takes top Latin comedians and gives them access to mainstream through the comedy specials.

“I had already heard of the series when I was approached to do the tour,” Guerra says. “This is a new introduction to Latino comedy, I tell people. My generation is becoming parents, and we’re middle-aged men and women. This is a new look, and I wanted to be part of it. We grew up watching the ‘Latin Kings of Comedy.’ We are the next generation of Latin comedians.”

Guerra has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and made his TV debut on Comedy Central with Gabriel Iglesias’ “Stand Up Revolution.”

Not to mention he’s been on “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” and the “Entre Nos” series.

“I’m a big believer in the Latino comic community,” Guerra says. “We need someone to push for us. This series really helps get us out to a mainstream audience.”

Ramos agrees that “Entre Nos” helps give a different level of exposure to comedians.

His journey is similar to Guerra’s

He was a top 10 finalist on “Last Comic Standing” and when he’s not performing on stage, he’s been on TV shows such as “Shameless,” “Angie Tribeca” and “Lady Dynamite.”

He will also appear in the Netflix series “Gentefied,” which begins streaming on Friday, Feb. 21.

Francisco Ramos is touring as part of “Entre Nos: The 2020 Tour.” (Courtesy of The Stage at Santa Ana Star)

Ramos was featured on the “Entre Nos” special on HBO.

“They asked me to do it, and it was another opportunity to get myself in front of a new audience,” he says. “Hopefully, fans will see the importance of getting Latino comedians out to the world.”

Ramos describes his brand of comedy as universal and personal.

“I talk about my life and how I grew up,” he says. “It’s a constant thing for me to keep getting material ready.”

Ramos and Guerra think the opportunity to travel the country on this tour will benefit all involved.

“We’re providing some amazing comedy,” Guerra says.

“And we’re doing it with personal style,” Ramos adds.

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