Paul Rodriguez’s performance in his new DVD, Just For The Record is interesting. His story of coming from Mexico to live in different regions of California will illicit both laughs and even some tears. That combination of emotions makes for a performance that any comedy fan should see at least once. It gives a whole new face to what people think of as comedy.
Just For The Record opens with Rodriguez sharing his story of how he and his family came to America from Mexico and moved to Fresno, California. He makes light of his youth there, bringing about plenty of laughs, especially at the expense of his parents. At the same time, he also openly expresses his admiration for his parents, and everything that they sacrificed for him, making for plenty of laughs and warm memories. One of the best of those memories was his story about a bicycle that he got as a boy. He tells of some money that he got from his parents. He tells his audience that his father explained to him that he knew Paul wanted that bicycle so badly. So his parents sacrificed the money for it so that Paul could have the bicycle. He even brings it out on stage. The story’s punch line comes as he tells his father’s reaction after that. It instantly makes that warm memory suddenly a laugh riot. He expands a little bit, telling how he’s gone through this relationship issue and that. But through it all, that bicycle had been a constant in his life. That alone is worth its share of laughs.
Rodriguez’s performance offers even more laughs throughout his near ninety minute performance. But he also offers some more serious moments, too. One of them comes as he tells the audience about his time living in Compton. He tells the story of how he experienced a drive-by first hand and saw a girl get shot in the head right next to him. He explains how he took off his own shirt and wrapped it around the girl’s head in an attempt to save her. He ties this in to later being subpoenaed as part of the case against the men arrested for the drive by. The thing is that he was in the military on the other side of the world at the time. This little tie-in anecdote makes for some laughs, lightening the mood a little bit. But he never loses his audience. That in itself is impressive. He tells his audience that the men arrested for the case were convicted and sent to jail, and closes with how he hopes they stay there and rot. This single moment shows that while Rodriguez has great comedic timing, he also has heart. He knows just how to balance comedy with more serious matters in order to make for a show that will keep even home audiences watching from start to finish.
Just For The Record offers even more laughs and heartfelt moments than can be listed in one sitting. Needless to say, anyone who wants an escape from the constant barrage of negativity in the news and the work-a-day world will greatly benefit from sitting down with this new DVD from a man who is even on his own not just one of the Latin Kings of Comedy, but one of the Kings of Comedy in general. Fans can always get all the latest news, tour dates, and more from Paul Rodriguez online at http://www.paulrodriguez.com.
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