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"Comedian Gina Brillon entertains at Noche de Risas"

The Latino Coalition hosted Brillon as part of Festival Latino
By SPENCER SMALL · March 26, 2012, 11:45 pm

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When comedian Gina Brillon saw that maduros, or fried sweet plantains, were being served at Noche de Risas, she seized the opportunity to humorously categorize her fellow Latinos. “We fry everything. We even fry bananas,” she said.

Brillon had the audience bursting with laughter in the packed, yet still intimate Golkin Room of Houston Hall on Monday night.

During Noche de Risas, which translates to “Night of Laughter,” Brillon touched on sensitive issues, from racial stereotypes to marital infidelity to anxieties about being overweight, all with a bit of cynicism and self-deprecation that seemed to endear her even more to the crowd.

“You guys still have, like, hopes,” the 31-year-old comedian joked, after realizing her decade-plus seniority over the student spectators.

The event was presented as part of the Latino Coalition’s Festival Latino, a week that honors the Latino culture across a diverse array of settings.

Each Festival Latino event is arranged by a combination of constituent groups from within the Latino Coalition. Grupo Quisqueyano, Penn’s Dominican Student Association, hosted this particular event in collaboration with Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

College junior and Grupo Quisqueyano President Maria Silfa explained that the comedy night is a good break from the other more serious cultural awareness Festival Latino events. “We try to do something a little more fun.”

However, Wharton junior and President of Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sasha Lagombra acknowledged there was also a more serious element to Noche de Risas. “We feel that comedy is a great way to break social barriers,” she said. Lagombra hoped Brillon would be able to “bring some sort of communication between different cultures to help transcend the Latino cultures along with other cultures as well.”

The theme of this year’s Festival Latino is “Dejando Huellas,” or “leaving your mark.”

“The theme this year says a lot,” College freshman Alex Rodrigues said. “I think making our mark on Penn is really important to the entire Latino community, and this week is really going to exemplify that.”

Festival Latino continues tomorrow evening with music professor Guthrie Ramsey’s presentation of his compact disc project, “The Colored Waiting Room” and culminates with a Penn World Cup soccer tournament on Sunday. - The Daily Pennsylvanian is the University of Pennsylvania's independent student news organization


"NBCUniversal Announces Winners of Its Annual "Stand-Up for Diversity Read more at http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2013/01/08/nbcuniversal-announces-winners-of-its-annual-stand-up-for-diversity-comic-search-as-comedians-gina-brillon-and-jon-laster-earn-"

NBCUNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS ANNUAL "STAND-UP FOR DIVERSITY" COMIC SEARCH AS COMEDIANS GINA BRILLON AND JON LASTER EARN TALENT DEAL WITH NBCUNIVERSAL

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 8, 2013 - Comedians Gina Brilllon and Jon Laster took home the top honors at NBCUniversal's ninth-annual "Stand-Up for Diversity" comedy search held recently at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California. The event was hosted by actor/comedian Alphonso McAuley ("Breaking In") and was the climax of a four-city outreach to discover the funniest diverse comics in the United States.

As the winners, Brillon and Laster were signed to a one-year talent holding deal with NBCUniversal.

"Once again, our Stand Up for Diversity Showcase was filled with inspired, unique and hilarious comics," said Grace Wu, Executive Vice President, Casting, NBCUniversal. "All of the stand ups have original voices and we look forward to considering them for NBC projects. We are especially excited to have Gina and Jon in talent holding deals for the upcoming season. I can't wait to see what they do next."

Selected finalists also earned the honor of joining the touring company of the "Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour." The 2012 finalists - in addition to Brillon and Laster -- included David Smithyman, Arvin Mitchell, Rob Haze, Vladimir Caamano, Kortney Shane Williams, Ryan Sickler, Reyne Amaya and Mo Amer.

In partnership with the National Association for Campus Activities (N.A.C.A.), the tour is expected to perform at more than 50 college campuses nationwide. Additionally, select finalists will be featured in February at the N.A.C.A National convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

An actress, comedian and writer, Brillon possesses as much sex appeal as she does sass in her in-your-face style of standup comedy. Brillon's rare mix of femininity and fearlessness has made her a hit with crowds across the globe. The Bronx-born Latina has no trouble connecting with her male or female fans with her raw honesty about everything from what it's like being an "ethnic" to a brutal breakdown of the female mind.

Brillon is a regular on the New York scene, performing at Caroline's Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, Standup New York, The Comic Strip and Gotham Comedy Club. She has also been featured in numerous independent film productions such as "The Mime" series, "Consequences," "Went to Coney Island" and the "Cyclist." She also opened for singers Chrisette Michelle and Ne-Yo. Some of Brillon's other achievements include being featured on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," Comedy.TV, MTV3, SiTV and in Latina magazine. She was featured in profiles in such newspapars as the New York Post and the New York Daily News. Already a published poet, Brillon has branched out into the world of blogging and blogs regularly on her website www.GinaBrillon.com.

With skill and determination, Laster swiftly paid his dues and worked his way to now being one of America's leading comedians. After leaving a lifetime of basketball, which included Laster being named as a high school All-American and a stint playing Division-I college basketball, he jumped into comedy. In less than five years, Laster has worked some of the most popular and well-respected rooms across the country, including New York's Caroline's Comedy Club, the Boston Comedy Club and Comedy Works of his hometown of Denver. Laster also hosts his own weekly comedy night in Brooklyn, where he currently resides.

He recently appeared at Laugh-A-Palooza in Atlanta, Ga. He could be seen on BET's "The Best of Comic View" every season for the past three years and is currently expanding his horizons in film and television. When asked what he wants for his audience, Laster replied, "My goal is to make people feel good and forget about or at least laugh at life's pressures, even if just for a few minutes." Authenticity, with an equal mixture of laid-back and animated style is what makes the Denver native so intriguing.

Host McAuley starred on the comedy series "Breaking In," and co-starred in the feature films "Fat Albert" and "Glory Road."

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"Gina Brillon First Latina Comedian To Win A Stand Up Deal With NBC"

Gina Brillon is a regular on the New York comic scene, and she’s even been featured on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” but this week, she says tears rolled down her face, because her years of hard work were validated. She was announced the first woman and first Hispanic to win NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity Showcase. As a winner of the showcase, Brillon gets a one-year holding deal where she will be considered exclusively for acting roles on NBC sitcoms. - Huffington Post


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Actress/Comedian and writer; Gina Brillon has as much sex appeal as she does sass in her in your face style of Stand up comedy. Brillons rare mix of femininity and fearlessness; have made her a hit with crowds across the globe. The Bronx born Latina has no trouble connecting with her male or female fans with her raw honesty about everything from what its like being an Ethnic to a brutal breakdown of the female mind. Brillon is a regular on the New York scene performing at Carolines Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Stand up NY,The Comic Strip, and Gotham Comedy club. She has also been featured in a number of independent film productions such as The Mime series, Consequences, Went to Coney Island, and the Cyclist as well as opening for singers Chrisette Michelle and Neyo. Some of Brillons other achievements include being featured on Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham, Comedy.TV, MTV3, SiTV, Latina magazine and Several News Papers including the New York Post and the Daily News. Already a published poet, Brillon has branched out into the world of blogging and blogs regularly on her website