Felipe Esparza is a comedian and actor, best known for his raw, real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to. Recognized for his wild hair and his often-imitated phrase, “what’s up, fool?”, people are surprised to find out that Felipe is also the same person referred to and imitated in infamous stories by fellow comedian, Gabriel Iglesias. Felipe won NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010, and soon after, starred in and produced his first 1 hour Showtime special, and is now touring comedy clubs and theaters across the world and working on a new 1 hour special. He also launched a popular new podcast April 1, 2014, entitled, “What’s Up Fool?”, on the All Things Comedy podcast network. In addition to winning the top prize on Last Comic Standing, Felipe has appeared on numerous television shows, including “The Eric Andre Show”, “Arsenio Hall”, “The Tonight Show”, “Lopez Tonight”, TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest”, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey”, “Comics Unleashed”, Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders”, BET’s “Comic View”, and Galavisión’s “Que Locos” (where he had more appearances than any other comedian). In 2009, he appeared in his first two feature-length films, “The Deported”, with Nick Turturro, Talia Shire, and Paul Rodriguez and “I’m Not Like That No More”, a film based on his stand-up comedy where he stars as Paul Rodriguez’ son. Click here to learn more about Felipe.
Music for the evening will be provided by The Ricardo Peña Band, a variety band composed of some of the finest musicians in the state. The band is well known for their impressive musicianship and versatility. Their sound is always authentic to the style, their dancing beats impossible to resist, and their vocals and harmonies hard to beat. The standard band line up is a 5 piece band composed of drums, bass/vocal, guitar/vocal, piano/vocal and vocalist/percussionist. They also perform as larger ensembles that include Latin percussion and a horn section. Click here to learn more about the Band.
Belen De Leon joined 9NEWS in February 2012 as the weekend forecaster. She's been nominated as one of America's Favorite Weather Forecasters through Weatherist.com and has reported for The Weather Channel during winter weather and wildfire coverage. Beyond forecasting, Belen donates her time to visit local schools and teach children about weather. She is very proud of her Mexican culture and has become a big collaborator of the Hispanic Heritage Month Series.