Chris Estrada Series “This Fool” (FKA Punk Ass Bitch) Gets Ordered to Series at Hulu
When this got put in development as Punk Ass Bitch earlier this year with the likes of Pat Bishop, Jake Weisman, and Matt Ingebretson, the whimsically dark minds behind Corporate on Comedy Central, we were so thrilled that Chris Estrada was getting his due as a true, blue LA comedy favorite, widely regarded as so funny and one of the hardest working comedians in the whole LA scene.
Also, a series called Punk Ass Bitch getting put in the works by a major streaming service was more than pleasantly surprising.
We’re even more ecstatic to know that Hulu is ordering the now-titled This Fool to series, essentially giving Estrada his first marquee role and vehicle to deservingly introduce him to his widest audience yet (after numerous stand-up TV appearances). Specifically, the show will follow Chris playing a version of himself working at “a gang-rehabilitation nonprofit and his quest to overcome his co-dependency issues with his family as he navigates working-class life in South Central Los Angeles”.
Again, you really ought to give Chris Estrada’s stand-up a watch, whether it be on YouTube or on his HBO Latino special, to know why you should be so very excited as we are for the show getting picked up to series.
Also, kudos to Hulu for continuing to push forward with some of the most intriguing and engaging comedies on TV.
Pick of the Day: Border Aid (Humanitarian/Legal Aid Benefit) 3/20
The issue immigration is yet another pre-pandemic problem (that never really went away) that’s creeping back into the news cycle as things rush to reopen in America. All the organizations that give humanitarian and legal aid to immigrants that are facing separation from their families and deportation due to broken immigration policies are also still alive and well and, coupled with that, are the comedy benefit shows that support said orgs.
This Sat. Mar. 20th at 6:30PM PT/9:30PM ET, Border Aid will be one such fantastic live-stream comedy show that will be raising money for Al Otro Lado and all the crucial work their do for immigrants and the undocumented. The line-up is filled with comedy’s finest to offer their comedy wares in support and solidarity.
That includes: Aparna Nancherla, Chris Estrada, Atsuko Okatsuka, Christina Catherine Martinez, and Opey Olagbaju. Maddie Connors graciously hosts.
Hulu’s Latest Comedy Will Be ‘Punk Ass Bitch’ From Chris Estrada & Creators of ‘Corporate’
photo by Mandee Johnson
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
This is about as great as news can get for us right now.
Corporate was one of our favorite shows in recent memory for its ruthlessly dark humor in the clothing of a workplace comedy. Chris Estrada has been and remains one of our favorite comedians to see on all sorts of stages in and around LA (when we could do that of course).
So, the fact that Hulu’s latest series will be from Jake Weisman, Pat Bishop, and Matt Ingebretson, the minds behind Corporate, with Chris Estrada starring has us (as can be during COVID-19) ecstatic. The series, marvelously titled Punk Ass Bitch, will very much be inspired by Estrada’s stand-up, which, again, has some of the best bits and punchlines that we’ve heard in recent memory, and will see Estrada go out of his way as a “punk ass bitch with a heart of gold” that won’t help himself, but will go above and beyond for everyone else.
There’s no premiere date yet, but it’s one more thing that we’re legitimately excited for in 2021 that has nothing to do with getting the vaccine.
Pick of Day: In Stitches-Hydrocephalus Association Benefit 11/19
One of the biggest benefit shows this week is dedicated to raising money in the fight for the deadly condition known as Hydrocephalus via the Hydrocephalus Association. The condition is caused by build-up of fluid in the brain and can currently only treated by brain surgery.
Annually, the Hydrocephalus Association puts on a big benefit show, In Stitches, and they’ve really outdone themselves this year with this 2020 virtual edition. For comedy, Whitney Cummings, Kurt Braunohler, Chris Estrada, Jamie Lee, Dan Levy and Esther Povitsky are on the bill, but there will also be a special musical performance from Natasha Bedingfield as well as some cameos from Debbie Allen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Neil Patrick Harris, Rachael Harris, Nigel Lythgoe, Wayne Brady, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Meghan Trainor.
That’s bordering on a mini-festival line-up and should make for a pretty swell Thursday evening this week.
In Stitches is virtually set for Thurs. Nov. 19th at 6PM PT/9PM ET. Tickets for the live-stream start at $50. There will also be a silent auction and a virtual red carpet starting at 5:30PM PT/8:30PM ET.
TCB Field Report Ep. 32: Chris Estrada & Making the Most Out of 2020
LA scene favorite Chris Estrada was poised for a great 2020 before the pandemic took hold. Now, 8 months into lockdown, Estrada is, thankfully, still getting some great things that he deserves coming his way like a HBO Latino Entre Nos special premiering later this month. Estrada zooms with TCB’s Jake Kroeger about weathering the world throughout this year and keeping the flame of his comedy alive whether it be on Zoom, at an outdoors comedy show, or on his first stand-up special. Also, they dish “hot” takes on new series developments at ABC, Showtime, and Fox as well as representation for Latinx in comedy and the label of Latinx itself.
The Comedy Bureau @thecomedybureau across platforms and please, please support TCB via GoFundMe, Patreon, or on Venmo (@jakekroeger).
Produced by Jake Kroeger
Music by Brian Granillo
Artwork by Andrew Delman and KT
“Entre Nos: LA Meets NY” Has Chris Estrada and Ian Lara Co-Headlining a Comedy Special
It would have seemed that stand-up comedy specials from the before times have been exhausted as Netflix and HBO haven’t released a comedy special with a live audience in quite some time. Yet, there’s still a bit of that good ol’ comedy before the pandemic took hold that’s left to see.
HBO Latino is set to release a brand new co-headlined special with LA’s Chris Estrada and NY’s Ian Lara for a bi-coastal comedy special, Entre Nos | LA Meets NY: Chris Estrada and Ian Lara. Either of them could carry their own special (Estrada has been a personal favorite of ours around the LA scene for years), but we’re glad to see that they’ll have an HBO credit to their name.
Get a taste of this latest Entre Nos special with this trailer and then look for it to premiere on HBO Latino on Fri. Nov. 13th at 9:30PM ET/PT and then also streaming on HBO Max.
Pick of the Day: Hollywood Quars 6/4
This brand new, weekly comedy game show, Hollywood Quars, hosted by Matt Lieb, takes trivia to a whole new level as both the contestants AND the host don’t know the answers to the questions (even when the host wrote them). It’s up to a really great line-up of comedians to make it seem like their answer is the best (or maybe even actually right?).
For this first edition of Hollywood Quars on Thurs. Jun. 4th at 7:30PM PT/10:30PM ET, they’ve assembled:
Baron Vaughn (Netflix, Comedy Central)
Steph Tolev (Comedy Central)
Brandie Posey (Lady 2 Lady Podcast)
Sean Keane (Roundball Rock Podcast)
Caitlin Gill (NPR, 2 Dope Queens)
Madison Shepard (Album “Goodnight Silverlake Lounge”)
Jessica Sele (Vice TV)
Chris Estrada (Comedy Central)
Casey Ley (Gay Power Half Hour )
Also, we gotta say, having gotten a sneak peak, this very well might be one of the slickest looking comedy game shows done via live-stream.
By the way, they’ll be raising money for Minnesota Freedom Fund (which, due to so much support, is distributing funds to other worthy causes)
Tickets are $8 if you snag them right now and you can (and very much should) go get them here.
This upcoming Hot Tub’s line-up includes the mind behind a brilliant Adult Swim special, a scene stealing cast member of Search Party, a fast rising star that has made it onto several who-to-watch lists, one of our personal local favorites, and a recent transplant that we’re more than glad to have in LA.
If you don’t want to miss any of that AND perhaps go for free, we’ve got tickets for you to win here: http://thecomedybureau.dola.com/giveaways
Boy oh boy, we’ve (yes, we, The Comedy Bureau, are putting on a show) got a showcase of some of our “most wanted” (favorite) stand-up comedians in town that you need to be on the look out for.
Wednesday, July 26th at 8PM at The Comedy Central Stage.
Don’t be late.
Again, it’s free, but you have to RSVP here or at 323 960 5519.
Flyer by The Brain Trust’s Ed Weseloh with logo by Chris Fairbanks.
This is a great line-up of LA’s best and brightest. Also, some of the best views in LA are to be had on hills in Echo Park and should have your interest peaked.
Get more details here.