Adal Ramones, pictured, is scheduled to perform in a show alongside Omar Chaparro on Sunday, March 9 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. (Javier Manzano)
Adal Ramones and Omar Chaparro will be performing their explosive comedy show at Club Nokia on Sunday, March 9.
Renowned Mexican comic Adal Ramones continues his wildly successful tour of the U.S., Mexico, and the Americas. For the first time, he will be performing at Club Nokia, alongside his great friend and colleague, the famous comedian Omar Chaparro, in what promises to be a no-holds barred, laugh-a-thon with many surprises.
In an exclusive interview with Living Out Loud, Ramones talked about what we can expect from his show and his famous monologue.
“I am finally coming to Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and what makes this even more special is that my buddy (Chaparro) will be opening the show,” says Ramones. “This time around, the formula is a bit different, and promises to be very enticing for the audience. The show’s on Sunday, so more people will be able to take the day off and get their dose of laughter medicine – therapeutic medicine, so they can face their upcoming work week well-vaccinated.
Even though Chaparro will be joining him in the show, Ramones assures us that they will each be performing their respective material, individually showcased. However, he reminds us that in the moment, anything can happen.
“We don’t plan for such things, but given the opportunity, I’m totally open to team up. It’s happened before, when I performed with Francisco Pinoargotti in South America,” said Ramones.
“We did this show in Quito, Ecuador twice, and our tag-team brought the house down. It happened spontaneously, and we sold out. We were together the whole show. With Omar and I, there hasn’t been time to rehearse anything together, so we are each doing our own thing. Being our first time there, we’ll try this format and see how it goes.”
Almost two decades after beginning his monologues, Ramones has always credited American stand-up as his influence. At the same time, he considers himself the pioneer of this genre in Mexico, and talks about how the public did not fully understand the art at first.
“In America, you have Hispanic comedians doing stand-up in English like George Lopez, and a bunch from the next generations. Ironically, this is relatively new in Mexico, and I was one of the first ones to do this on television. Ever since then, the ‘monologue’ has been my trademark. Before me, you would mention ‘stand-up’ and people would have no idea what you were talking about. After this took hold, it was very important to us and the show ‘Otro Rollo’ and the celebrities who guest-starred. That, along with the sketch comedy and reports by Jordi Rosado, was sensational.”
When asked about how he keeps his material current and not outdated, he discusses how each venue presents different opportunities, and how politics and current events influence his routine.
“You can’t edit monologue to monologue. You have material you’ve been nourishing and accumulating, and you slightly modify it as you go,” says Ramones. “For example, we went to do a show in Nicaragua, and because the airport was closed, we ended up having to drive the rest of the way. On the road, we were assaulted, and were robbed of all our equipment and luggage. So that gave me material to improvise from for the next show. This was on all the news channels in the country, so it was good material. You have to adapt to circumstances, but you can’t take that lightly. There are risks in improvising, and it’s not as easy as it looks. Keeping material fresh is a very challenging task.”
Ramones’ show is characterized by very spicy, crude humor, yet it appeals to many cultures around the world. He discusses the challenge in keeping things fun, but not crossing lines as to offend the audience too much.
“You always have to be mindful of your audience. Sometimes, you’ll have an audience full of children, so you have to address certain things differently. Then you’ll have shows that play late at night, and people have been drinking, so they expect a certain type of entertainment. Regardless, it is essential never to cross that line, and never to compromise good taste. It’s just important to be in tune with who your audience is any given show.”
Not only is Ramones the premier stand-up comedian in Latin America, but he’s also an accomplished dramatic actor in both television and cinema.
“The producers of Home Alone approached me for a role after they saw my work in ‘Mujeres Asesinas’ as a despised rapist. In this new project, I had to play an evil and sadistic character once again, who destroys his family. The story ends in dire tragedy. I’ve had to play very strong, moving characters both on screen and on stage, and it’s something that I’ve enjoyed. I take pride in my dramatic endeavors, and executing them well.”
Adal Ramones and Omar Chapparo perform on Sunday,f March 9 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.clubnokia.com.