However, we have discovered that the most definitive therapy during these challenging times is laughing, which is why we advise looking to Hispanic comedians. This list exemplifies the diversity of experiences within the Latinx community, including individuals from different parts of the globe and ranging in age from Gen-Z to Baby Boomers.
Latin comedians have carved out impressive niches in the comedy industry, making the repetition worthwhile. They have distinguished themselves as some funniest by often incorporating Hispanic or Latin idiosyncrasies into their comedic repertoires.
So allow me to introduce to you 25 of the most significant Hispanic comedians from recent decades who have, in some way or another, influenced how humor is seen and appreciated in Hispanoamerica throughout time.
1. Gina Brillon – American Actress, Comedian, And Writer
Gina Brillon, a comedian, born in the Bronx and has been doing stand-up since she was 17 years old, has known throughout her life that she intended to make people laugh. In 2012, Brillon was crowned the champion of NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity competition, and his most recent comedy special made its debut on Amazon Prime in June of this year.
She discusses her upbringing in Puerto Rico, her identification as a Puerto Rican, and the challenges she has in bridging cultural gaps with her husband.
2. Franco Escamilla – Mexican Comedian, Voice Actor, Musician, Philanthropist, Businessman
In addition to his remarkable career in humor, this amusing Mexican comic, notably from Cuautla, Morelos, is also a voice actor, singer, philanthropist, freestyler, and businessman.
Franco Escamilla often closes up his comedic presentations with a song, which significantly enhances the quality of his performances. The comedian has achieved such fame that he has even gone on international tours; one of these tours was dubbed “Por la Anécdota,” and it included appearances in Japan, Australia, and even the United States of America.
3. Les Luthiers – Argentine Comedy-musical Group
Due to their clever sense of humor and high-quality music, this incredible group of humorous Hispanic comedians from Argentina is one of the most well-known in Latin America.
In their performances, Les Luthiers often find the most inventive methods to address a wide range of subjects, from politics to romantic drama. They utilize music to express not just an emotion but also humor, and they have impeccable timing when cracking jokes and using comedic intonation.
4. John Leguizamo – American Actor, Comedian, And Film Producer
Lucas, John Leguziamo‘s adolescent son, was tormented at school, which gave John Leguizamo the idea for his Tony Award-winning play Latin History for Morons. Leguizamo desired Lucas to possess the ability to stand up to others and to be proud of his heritage.
The actor and comedian from Colombia condense a 3,000-year civilization’s history into a humorous and enlightening hour and a half in Latin History for Morons, which is now available on Netflix. The actor and comedian work to increase the portrayal of Latinx people in popular culture and educate people on what they missed in history class. In addition, see his Freak one-person performance.
5. Liss Pereira – Colombian Actress, Comedian, And Broadcaster
Liss Pereira is a famous Colombian actress, comedian, and announcer who got her start in the comedy business on the television program “Los Comediantes de la Noche.” She has also been in a few Fernando Ayllón films.
After leaving that evening’s comedy program, Liss had the chance thanks to her positive response to tour Colombia and perform at significant comedy festivals worldwide. She also took part in a web series called “5 Minutitos Más,” working with other comedians and receiving positive feedback from the comedy-loving public.
6. Andrés López – Colombian Comedian And Actor
Andres Lopez is a comedian, speaker, host, and actor born in Colombia and of Hispanic descent. He is a pioneer in Colombian stand-up comedy and is considered one of the most prominent exponents of Colombian stand-up comedy. In addition to this, he is widely regarded as one of the most well-known Hispanic comedians in the whole globe.
His performances include humor about his family, coming-of-age experiences, relationships, and mouth-produced special effects. These elements combine to make his performances incredibly relatable. His comic timing and the crude emotions he uses are two of the many things that make his shows so hilarious.
7. Anjelah Johnson – American Actress, Comedian, And Former NFL Cheerleader
Anjelah Johnson began her career as a professional cheerleader, but she soon became recognized for her work as a viral video maven and stand-up comedian. Johnson was born and reared in California, and she often discusses her Mexican roots in her routines, including this one about attempting to one-up her Dominican husband. Johnson is known for her comedic impressions.
8. Agustín Aristarán – Argentine Magician, Comedian, Actor, Musician, And Entrepreneur
Agustin Aristarán is an accomplished stand-up comedian, actor, singer, magician, and businessman from Argentina. His stand-up comedy performances have made millions of people smile. He has also been among the best-used advertising and social networks, reaching a larger audience.
Agustin began his comedy career as a street performer before moving on to comedy events, where he found remarkable success that has lasted to this day. His career as a comedian in theatrical events took off in 2013, but it has continued to this day.
9. Eugenio Derbez – Mexican Actor And Comedian
It’s safe to say that Eugenio Derbez is one of the most influential Hispanic comedians and performers of the last several decades.
Eugenio Derbez, born in Mexico and the son of an actress, most likely inherited his skill from his mother. Since beginning his career as a comedian, actor, and producer, he has broadened the scope of his work to include romantic comedy films, television series, and sketches.
Everyone in the household will laugh at his clever observations, wordplay, and pun-filled humor. It is simple to understand, and you will indeed have a good time with it!
10. George Lopez – American Comedian And Actor
George Edward Lopez is famous for appearing in the ABC comedy he developed and directed himself. His stand-up comedy explores issues about race and ethnicity, particularly Mexican American culture.
The fact that George Lopez has a talk show, a scripted TV program, producing credits, and many stand-up specials on his IMDB profile proves he is a legendary figure in the comedy world. In the new special that the Mexican-American megastar has on Netflix, he tackles controversial topics with the fearlessness that has been his trademark.
11. Chespirito – Mexican Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Humorist, Director, Producer, And Author
Roberto Gomez Bolanos, best known by his stage name Chespirito, was a member of the group of classic Hispanic comedians who left an indelible impression on our lives throughout our formative years.
Performances like Chespirito, El Chavo del Ocho, and El Chapuln Colorado were directed by him, and he also starred in those shows. Shows that continue to have a substantial following even in the present day! The comedic success of these performances was primarily dependent on physical comedy jokes, exaggerated facial and body movements, and clever wordplay.
12. Arturo Castro – Guatemalan Actor
Arturo Castro is a Guatemalan actor in Broad City and Narcos. He may be familiar to you with these roles. But Castro succeeds in his weird sketch comedy program Alternatino with Arturo Castro, which airs on Comedy Central.
The show is based on Castro’s experiences as a Latino millennial, and the sketches are sometimes absurd. Are you short on time today? To our good fortune, a good number of the skits from the program can be seen on YouTube.
13. Gaspar Henaine – Mexican Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Producer
Gaspar Henaine, better known as Capulina, was a Mexican comedian, actor, musician, singer, film producer, and screenwriter. Viruta and Capulina are considered among the most famous Mexican comedy duos. He was a member of the team.
Even today, he is an excellent illustration of how older Hispanic comedians can remain popular and highly known despite their age.
Because he never used inappropriate language, crude vocabulary, or adult situations in his comedy, he is known as “el rey humoristico blanco,” which translates to “the white humor king.” This contributed to his immense popularity among children and families.
14. Gabriel Iglesias – American Stand-up Comedian And Actor
It’s Gabriel Iglesias, but you may nickname him Fluffy if you want. His name is Gabriel. Iglesias is one of the most well-known Hispanic stand-up comedians currently active, and his performances often sell out in arenas such as Madison Square Garden.
Iglesias’ most recent role is that of the show’s namesake in the Netflix comedy series Mr. Iglesias, which is a feel-good story about a high school teacher who tries to impact the lives of his students positively.
15. Marga Gomez – Comedian, Writer, Performer, And Teaching Artist From Harlem
Since the 1980s, Marga Gomez has been bringing a high level of enthusiasm to the venues she graces with her performances. One of the most hilarious and relevant performances that Gomez has ever performed is about her experiences being a Latina who is unable to speak Spanish.
Her one-woman shows and theatrical performances, which center on her background in New York, her Latinx identity, and her existence as a lesbian, have gained her GLAAD honors and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The set will make viewers of The L Word laugh out loud more than once.
16. Adal Ramones – Mexican Television Presenter And Comedian
Adal Ramones is a television personality and comedian who is well-known for his comments on everyday and socially related occurrences in life.
He sprang to fame due to his program, Otro Rollo (Another Vibe), and was a humorous and engaging chat show. On this show, he coined one of the lines that are still one of his most renowned to this day: ¡¿Quíere monologo?! (Do you want a monologue!?)
In recent years, his career has advanced, and while he hasn’t been performing as much humor as he used to, his monologues and sketches are still some of the most well-known works he’s produced.
17. Cheech Marin – American Actor, Musician, Comedian, And Activist
The irreverent and legendary duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, best known by their stage name Cheech and Chong, are considered the forefathers of the “stoner comedy” film genre. Marin has significantly influenced Latino culture since the movies that propelled him to popularity in the 1970s.
He has participated in many different film and television projects. In 2021, his collection of Chicano art, which is widely considered the most extensive of its kind in the world, will be given a permanent home in an arts complex in Riverside, California.
18. Felipe Esparza – American Stand-up Comedian And Actor Of Mexican Descent
Felipe Esparza is an American actor and stand-up comedian of Mexican descent. In 1994, he started doing stand-up. 2010 saw him win Last Comic Standing. What’s Up Fool? is a weekly podcast Esparza has been hosting since 2014.
Felipe Esparza, a comedian, born in Sinaloa, has us and probably already has you completely enamored. Whether presenting his belly-laugh-inducing podcast “What’s Up Fool?” or making light of important issues like immigration in stand-up specials like “Bad Decisions” on Netflix, the powerful comic never fails to make people laugh.
19. Horatio Sanz – Chilean-born American Actor And Comedian
Horatio Sanz, born in Chile, became the first-ever Latino cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1998 when he joined the show’s cast. Sanz and fellow Latino alums of Saturday Night Live Fred Armisen established an initiative to cultivate comedic talent among the Hispanic community. At this time, he is primarily active on his podcast, which goes by the name The Hooray Show.
20. Danielle Perez – American Stand-up Comic, Actor, And Writer
American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer Danielle Perez come from. She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC), Decoded (MTV), StandUp (NBC), A Little Late (with Lilly Singh), and an untitled Netflix series.
Danielle Perez, a native of Los Angeles who exploits the hardships she has endured in her life to fuel her funny quips and sometimes dark humor, is one of the comedians that makes us laugh the hardest. She “fell in love” with comedy after having her legs amputated at age 20 after being struck by a streetcar and losing her legs. She now performs all around the globe and is a champion for accessibility.
The charm of Danielle Perez’s smile.
21. Cristela Alonzo – American Comedian, Actress, Writer, And Producer
The ABC comedy Cristela was developed by and starred American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Cristela Alonzo. She is the first Latina to design, produce, create, and appear in her television program.
You probably already know how talented Cristela Alonzo is if you’ve seen the 2014 ABC comedy “Cristela” (RIP). The Mexican American actress, born in Hidalgo, Texas, is also a writer, producer, and performer and a challenging and humorous Latina in general. There’s a good reason “Cristela” fans cheered when they heard about her “Middle Classy” Netflix special!
22. Jesus Trejo – American Stand-up Comedian
American stand-up comedian Jesus Trejo is from the United States. Trejo, a Long Beach native, reared there, debuted his hour-long stand-up performance on Showtime in the summer of 2020 with STAY AT HOME SON.
Jesus Trejo extracts comedy from the fact that he lives with his elderly parents and cares for them as they cared for him when he was younger. Both on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and throughout his stand-up routines, he discusses his upbringing as the sole child of Mexican-American immigrants.
23. X Mayo – Afro-Latina Writer, Actress, And Comedian
X Mayo, happy to be half-Mexican and half-Black, is a writer, actor, and comedian, and we cannot get enough of her. The very talented woman, who calls herself a “taco expert,” is from South Central or Inglewood and recalls arriving in New York City with only $80 and one suitcase.
She is a writer for “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” and the creator of a sketch comedy program in New York City called “Who Made the Potato Salad?” This show is about “building community” and “providing chances” for people of color.
24. Julio Torres – Salvadoran Writer, Comedian, And Actor
Julio Torres, an eccentric comedian from El Salvador, is precisely what the comedy industry needs right now. This is not to say that he is the least important thing in comedy. The drawing he calls “My Favorite Shapes” is not for the faint of heart but is anything from the square.
His comedic style may be considered “niche,” yet it is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Torres, who is a co-creator of “Los Espookys” and a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” refers to himself as a “comedian, prince, and telepath.”
25. Sofia Niño de Rivera – Mexican Stand-up Comedian And Actress
Sofia Nino de Rivera is a Mexican actress and stand-up comedian. She has been referred to be “a major exponent of stand-up comedy in Mexico and Latin America as a whole” and was selected Chilango’s lady of the year for Mexico City in 2016.
Among the most popular Latin American and Mexican stand-up comedians, Sofia Nio de Rivera was born in Mexico City. Her sets are delivered entirely in Spanish. You may also see her in the critically acclaimed series Club de Cuervo, which airs on Netflix.