Despite a lukewarm turnout under the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, while the wind nearly blew off his wig in the style of Bernie Sanders, little could diminish the passion of stand-up comedian Herbert Siguenza.
“This isn’t exactly the most ideal location for a comedy show…the fact that we’re all here together in support of a brighter tomorrow is all I care about,” said Siguenza. The Sanders’ supporter has led a trio of stand-up comics traveling the state of Texas in a rallying comedy tour dubbed “Latino Comedy for Bernie!” On Saturday, Feb. 26, they made a trip to downtown Kingsville.
Having just performed a day earlier in Brownsville, Siguenza, along with comedians Ernie G. Gritzewsky and Charles Sanchez, made an impromptu visit to Kingsville on their way to Forth Worth. Gritzewsky describes the stop as being nothing more than an opportunity to get people involved. “Hispanics are historically apathetic when it comes to voting: this is our way of getting out there and getting people motivated to vote,” Gritzewsky noted.
The hour-long comedy session, shared with a handful of Sanders supporters, was met with many laughs, as the comedians treated attendees to characters such as Sanders’ Hispanic reincarnation, “Bernardo Sanders Sanchez.” They also lent insight into Sanders’ uncle, who also happens to be a police dispatch, “Uncle Rey,” performed by Charles Sanchez.
Before getting back on the road and heading toward their next show in Forth Worth, the comedians gathered around all in attendance for one last group selfie. “I’m a big fan of everything Herbert has done,” said Gritzewsky, citing the work that Siguenza has done with his other comedy trio, “Culture Clash,” as a major influence on himself. “We’re calling this empowering comedy, because that’s what we want to do and we’re sure that’s what Bernie has in mind as well; to empower people.”