Comic Mike Robles
By Brett Wilbur
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Mike Robles is certifiably funny, and he''s getting noticed for it. He hosts and produces English-language television shows, performs a stand-up act, and now, is preparing to broaden his cultural appeal by hosting Loco Comedy Jam, on new cable network mun2, (mun dos) a division of Telemundo and NBC.
Mun2 offers bilingual programming, with a twist. Some shows--like Robles''--are specifically designed for American Latinos who want their culture incorporated into English-language television shows. Robles, who hosted and produced the comedy show Que Locos on Galavision, left the network when it decided to only offer Spanish-language programming.
"We are kind of breaking ground," Robles says. "Traditionally Latino shows are just Spanish-speaking, but too many of us were enjoying our show, so we decided to move it."
Robles, of Puerto Rican heritage, got his start in the ''80s hosting comedy shows in the Bronx before moving to Galavision. Throughout his programming, Robles mocks all things cultural--from gangs to religion. "It appeals to a broad range of people," he says. "We don''t just keep it regional--we''ve got current events and family stuff."
Having just released his first CD, Totally Uncensored, Robles is now looking towards making a film version of Que Locos. And while he''s got a loyal Latino fan base, Robles'' show offers a cultural mix of comedians.
"If he keeps on his toes," says comedian Willie Barcena, "he''s gong to be our next Desi Arnaz."
Mike Robles appears at 7pm in Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main St., Salinas.