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The last date listed for Latino Laugh Festival was Wednesday May 30, 2007 / 8:30pm.
The Laugh Festival was created by Sí TV founder, Jeff Valdez. Originally based in San Antonio, Texas, the Festival was a launch pad for the careers of many young comedians as well as a platform for many celebrities. It ran as a thirteen week half-hour series on Showtime with celebrity hosts Daisy Fuentes, Cheech Marin and Paul Rodriguez. In 1997, it evolved into a ninety-minute Showtime Special and later went into syndication until 2002. Due to the intense focus of starting-up Sí TV as a cable channel, the Latino Laugh Festival went into a five-year hiatus but is now back, thanks largely to the generous support of Time Warner Cable.
This year’s Festival is a three-day celebration and national showcase of Latino comedy, culture and talent in the Greater Los Angeles. It includes 25 performances at 8 venues along Hollywood Blvd between Vine and LaBrea. The mission of the Festival is to raise funds and awareness for the children of “first star” through an unprecedented, national showcase of Latino comedy. First Star works to change the U.S. child welfare system from one of abuse and neglect to one of protection and support, and serves as a catalyst for meaningful reform through communication, education and legislation.