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March 9, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN
Humorist Rick Najera has done his one-man show, "The Pain of the Macho," in theaters across the country. But on Saturday, he'll be performing at a different kind of venue: the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library. "This is my first library ever," Najera said. "In fact, I don't even have a library card." "The Pain of the Macho," Najera explained in a phone interview from Los Angeles, "is basically a comic exploration of Latino issues in the '90s seen through the eyes of various characters."
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August 11, 2005 | Don Shirley
"Latinologues," which began as a one-night theatrical protest against Proposition 187 in 1994 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., will reach Broadway on Oct. 23 for a run through Dec. 4 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Cheech Marin will direct Rick Najera's monologues, performed in many venues across the country, with many casts. The Broadway cast will include Najera and Eugenio Derbez.
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June 7, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Nearly 10 years ago, two little-known but up-and-coming San Diego comics were asked to participate in a Second City comedy special. Their names were Whoopi Goldberg and Rick Najera. What happened to Whoopi Goldberg--thanks to starring roles in a variety of projects, including 1985's "The Color Purple"--is well known. What happened to Rick Najera isn't as well known. But now, the San Diego native has never been closer to breaking through to the big time.
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July 15, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana takes him seriously. On Friday, the mayor will issue a proclamation declaring it Rick Najera Day in the county's largest city. Happy to have his ego massaged, Najera still manages to make fun of the upcoming homage. "It basically means I can park anywhere I want," he jokes. "It's like diplomatic immunity." Which is not to say he doesn't take himself seriously ("I'm an egomaniac, but I admit it") or take an effusive pride in his achievements.
NEWS
August 11, 2005 | Don Shirley
"Latinologues," which began as a one-night theatrical protest against Proposition 187 in 1994 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A., will reach Broadway on Oct. 23 for a run through Dec. 4 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Cheech Marin will direct Rick Najera's monologues, performed in many venues across the country, with many casts. The Broadway cast will include Najera and Eugenio Derbez.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1997 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rick Najera has come a long way since the 1980s, when Hollywood typecast the handsome, classically trained Latino actor as a Cuban drug lord in episodic TV. He's getting the last laugh--literally--by lampooning typecasting and creating his own funny characters, first in the Latins Anonymous group and later in "The Pain of the Macho" and "Latinologues." His success with his own material led to TV writing jobs.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana takes him seriously. On Friday, the mayor will issue a proclamation declaring it Rick Najera Day in the county's largest city. Happy to have his ego massaged, Najera still manages to make fun of the upcoming homage. "It basically means I can park anywhere I want," he jokes. "It's like diplomatic immunity." Which is not to say he doesn't take himself seriously ("I'm an egomaniac, but I admit it") or take an effusive pride in his achievements.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1993
Rick Najera's solo play, "The Pain of the Macho," will have performances Friday and Saturday at the Court Theatre in Hollywood, then go on hiatus during the theater's renovation. It will reopen in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1993
"Comedy Compadres," the Friday night Latino comedy show on KTLA-TV Channel 5, will tape four more shows--Friday, Sunday, Monday and Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. each day--from the Universal Studios Hollywood Star Trek Theater. Guests of Universal Studios Hollywood will be admitted to the shows, which are part of the program's 12-episode commitment, at no extra charge. Comics scheduled for the new episodes include Irene Pena, Marga Gomez, El Vez (an Elvis impersonator), Rick Najera and Chris Fonseca.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1990
Broadway and television actress Carmen Zapata will open the 1990 Orange County Latino Performing Arts Festival at Cal State Fullerton on April 21. Zapata, a three-time Emmy nominee, will deliver a keynote address at 10 a.m. to open a free symposium entitled, "Latinos and Mainstream Theater: An Analytical and Futuristic Perspective." The symposium, which will run until 12:30 p.m., will be at the University Center Theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1997 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rick Najera has come a long way since the 1980s, when Hollywood typecast the handsome, classically trained Latino actor as a Cuban drug lord in episodic TV. He's getting the last laugh--literally--by lampooning typecasting and creating his own funny characters, first in the Latins Anonymous group and later in "The Pain of the Macho" and "Latinologues." His success with his own material led to TV writing jobs.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN
Humorist Rick Najera has done his one-man show, "The Pain of the Macho," in theaters across the country. But on Saturday, he'll be performing at a different kind of venue: the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library. "This is my first library ever," Najera said. "In fact, I don't even have a library card." "The Pain of the Macho," Najera explained in a phone interview from Los Angeles, "is basically a comic exploration of Latino issues in the '90s seen through the eyes of various characters."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Nearly 10 years ago, two little-known but up-and-coming San Diego comics were asked to participate in a Second City comedy special. Their names were Whoopi Goldberg and Rick Najera. What happened to Whoopi Goldberg--thanks to starring roles in a variety of projects, including 1985's "The Color Purple"--is well known. What happened to Rick Najera isn't as well known. But now, the San Diego native has never been closer to breaking through to the big time.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The plot of "Red Surf" (at selected theaters) must be as old as the movies. It's the one about the guy who wants to pull off one final job and then settle down, promising the woman he loves that "things will be different." We know better, yet it's amazing how potent such a story can still be, especially when it's as well-told as it is here. H. Gordon Boos, a seasoned assistant director, most recently to Francis Coppola, has made a dynamite directorial debut.
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May 27, 1993 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
I remember growing up the butt of dumb-Swede and tipsy-Irish jokes. A Polish friend remembers being at the receiving end of Polack jokes which, he said, young Polish-Americans thought were funny, but their parents didn't understand. We learned we had to develop our own sense of humor about ourselves, and how others saw us, as self-defense.
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